State Police: 3 arrested in huge Woodstock drug bust

From left: Victor Perez-Carrasquillo, Luis Diaz-Rivera, and Arelis Lacen (Photos provided by Connecticut State Police)

WOODSTOCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Three people have been arrested as a result of an investigation into drug trafficking in Woodstock.

Connecticut State Police say they have been investigating crack cocaine, powder cocaine, and heroin trafficking in Woodstock. The investigation led police to 31-year-old Victor Perez-Carrasquillo, who they say was actively using his Eastford Road home to store, process, and sell narcotics.

At 6 a.m. on Thursday, Troopers executed a search warrant at Perez-Carrasquillo’s apartment where they found 32-year-old Luis Diaz-Rivera and 24-year-old Arelis Lacen, as well as a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy.

Photo provided by Connecticut State Police
Photo provided by Connecticut State Police

While searching the apartment, troopers say they found and seized approximately:

  • 200 grams of heroin
  • 1.265 kilograms of crack cocaine
  • 1.021 kilograms of powder cocaine
  • $80,000
  • Seven firearms, one confirmed stolen out of Massachusetts
  • Ammunition
  • Cell phones
  • Two digital scales
  • Two drug grinders
  • A heat sealer
  • Plastic packaging material
  • A container of cutting agent
  • Drug notes

Troopers say the narcotics and firearms were all located within six feet of the toddler’s crib. A DCF case worker was called to the apartment and removed both children from the home. DCF has initiated a separate investigation and a 96-hour hold has been placed on the two children.

Perez-Carrasquillo, Diaz-Rivera, and Lacen were all arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession of Narcotics
  • Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell (Over one Kilogram)
  • Operation of a Drug Factory
  • Risk of Injury to a Minor (Two counts)
  • Possession of an Assault Weapon (Two counts)
  • Possession of a High Capacity Magazine (Two counts)
  • Criminal Negligent Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Stolen Firearm

The three are each being held on a $350,000 cash only bond and are due in court on March 11.

Members of the Troop D Quality of Life Task Force, the Statewide Narcotics Task Force – East Office, Troopers assigned to Troop D, members of the Massachusetts State Police and the Worcester Police Department, and the Hartford DEA Field Office worked on this case.

Members of the Connecticut State Police are working to combat drug activity in the “Quiet Corner.” Anyone with information on illegal narcotics sales is urged to call the anonymous tips hotline at (860)779-4950.

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