HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Hartford police have arrested a man suspected of supplying tainted heroin that is connected to at least one death.
Southington police reached out to officers in Hartford after a fatal heroin overdose that someone in Hartford, who went by the nickname of “X,” was selling the tainted heroin.
Police were able to identify the suspect as Xavier Quiles after setting up drug purchases through an undercover investigation.
Officers determined Quiles was stashing the heroin at his home at 11 Bell Court in East Hartford after a search of his car and notified East Hartford police.
When Quiles was apprehended at his home, police say they found 50 bags of heroin in his possession. Officers searched Quiles’ home and were also able to seize an additional 453 bags of packaged heroin, 28.9 grams of heroin/fentanyl, 50 grams of cocaine, several items used to package heroin and $11,727 in U.S. currency.
East Hartford police arrested Quiles and turned him over to Hartford on an active warrant.
Tests on the heroin were positive for fentanyl, a drug which police say when added can make the drug highly potent and deadly to users.
The heroin bags seized were also identical to the bags found near the victim of heroin overdose in Southington, according to police.
Quiles is a convicted felon with over 20 previous arrests in Hartford.
The 26-year-old is charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school and drug factory.