Waterbury, CT man arrested with firearm and drugs during patrol

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WATERBURY — A man was arrested Monday evening on multiple charges including criminal possession of a firearm and narcotics with intent to sell, the Waterbury Police Department reported.

Waterbury Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit officers were patrolling the area of Popular Street and Bank Street around 6 p.m. on March 27, in response to recent complaints about weapons, narcotics, and other quality of life issues.

They noticed a vehicle with motor violations that was occupied and parked.

Upon investigation, the operator was identified as 30-year-old Justin Rodriguez of Waterbury.

Rodriguez, who has prior convictions and an active protective order against him, is prohibited from legally possessing any firearms or ammunition.

Rodriguez was found in possession of a 9mm loaded Taurus firearm, a high-capacity drum magazine, additional boxes of ammunition, 15 bags of heroin, and 2.8 grams of crack cocaine.

The charges against Rodriguez include criminal possession of a firearm, ammunition, illegal transfer of a pistol or revolver, weapon in a motor vehicle, violation of a large capacity magazine, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, operation of a drug factory, and additional motor vehicle-related violations.

Rodriguez also had outstanding arrest warrants for other unrelated incidents.

He was held by the Waterbury Police Department on a $500,000 bond pending court arraignment.

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