3 arrested in Watertown drug bust

Left to Right: Carl Giordano, William Mendez, Daniel Montalvo (Photos: Watertown Police)

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Watertown police have arrested three men in connection with a drug bust on Franklin Avenue Thursday.

Police say they have received numerous complaints from concerned residents about drug activity at 157 Franklin Avenue. The resident at that address, 56-year-old Carl Giordano, had been the subject of a narcotics investigation in July and August, according to police. He was arrested in August, along with his heroin supplier.

In December, detectives setup surveillance on the house, they reported observing several narcotics transactions. Officers said Giordano was also wanted on three arrest warrants, two failure to appear in court warrants stemming from the August arrest, and one breach of peace warrant.

On New Year’s Day, detectives observed an attempted narcotics transaction in the driveway, and moved in. Cops secured four occupants inside the vehicle, while Giordano ran back into the house, and locked himself in. Officers said they found 26 bags of heroin in the driver’s compartment of the car.

Detectives forced their way into Giordano’s house and found him hiding in an attic crawl space. He was taken into custody, and charged with possession of narcotics and interfering with a police officer. Giordano was also arrested on two counts of failure to appear in court and one count of breack of peace, stemming from his previous warrants.

Giordano is being held on $15,850 bond, and was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

The driver of the car, 48-year-old William Mendez of Waterbury, and the front seat passenger, 28-year-old Daniel Montalvo of Randolph Massachusetts, were both arrested for possession and sale of a narcotic. Each posted a $10,000 bond, and are due in Waterbury Superior Court on January 13th.

The other two occupants of the vehicle were released.

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