Watertown Police bust alleged drug dealer with child in his car

Michael Mendez (left), Jerimiah Palmer (center), and Joseph Aitchison (right) (Photos: Watertown police)

WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Watertown Police have arrested three people who they say were making a drug deal, and police say the seller had a child in the front seat of the car, surrounded by drugs.   Police say they had gotten a number of complaints about drug activity around Eustis Street, and were running surveillance.  On Wednesday police say they saw Michael Mendez, 29, of Waterbury, sell drugs to Jerimiah Palmer, 39, and Joseph Aitchison, 38.  Police say Palmer and Aitchison were living in a car parked on the property at 65 Eustis Street.

Police say when they approached they found that Mendez had his young child in the front seat of the car with him.  Police say the child was between the ages of five and ten, and was within reach of a golf ball size hunk of crack cocaine, 15 bags of heroin, PCP, a marijuana cigarette, synthetic marijuana, and a strip of Suboxone (a drug used to treat narcotic addiction.)

Mendez is facing a list of charges, including Sale of Illegal Drugs, Possession/Sale of Drugs in a School Zone, and Risk of Injury.  Palmer and Aitchison are also facing charges.

 

 

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