NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Local police team up with the DEA to make an overnight drug bust and News8 found out that not only were drugs taken off the street but also that innocent lives have been affected by this alleged trafficking.
The owners of the Coventry Circle home say they woke up to sounds of their front door being smashed in, followed by guns pointed at their face. Agents with the DEA and North Haven police weren’t after them but rather 25 year old Thomas Storlazzi their daughter’s boyfriend. Neighbors are shocked.
“I’m getting scared you know because I don’t like to live with people like that. You know what I’m saying,” says Maria Buitrago Palacio.
The homeowners were also scared and are now traumatized after learning Storlazzi is charged with selling heroin to an undercover officer and others. Police say they seized 113 bags of heroin packaged for street level sale.
“I’ve heard like previously that North Haven has had a heroin issue actually,” says Sophia Bates who saw the face of this drug problem during one of her high school tennis team’s practices. A person on the drug came onto the court she says putting her teammates in danger.
“They were asking for a cell phone,” says Bates. “She was crying. She didn’t know what was going on.”
Richard Schottenfeld who works with the APT Foundation which is a counseling agency and is a professor of psychology at Yale tells News8 the drug problem often effects family members who feel terrified, anxious, angry, and helpless. He encourages them to seek counseling.
“It’s very sad and upsetting that it’s come to our town and is actually an issue,” says Bates.
Storlazzi is due in Meriden Superior Court March 17th to face the drug charges.