NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) — A 21-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she was operating a drug factory.
On Wednesday, Norwalk police say they arrested 21-year-old Hilary Guillen of Norwalk after they discovered she was continuing to run a heroin distribution ring after her boyfriend, Sylvester Edwards, was arrested earlier in the month. Police say they arrested Edwards and Michael Ross on April 6 and executed a search warrant at 6 Leuvine Street where they found 496 bags and a large amount of unpackaged heroin. Guillen was not home at the time of that search.
Through surveillance on Guillen, police determined she and Edwards had a “Stash House” in the Rowayton area. Investigators followed Guillen to the alleged stash house, which they say was inside the Rowayton Woods Condominium Complex. Police say Guillen went into the home and left shortly after. She was stopped on Flax Hill Road for several motor vehicle violations and during the stop, police say a K9 was brought in. The K9 had a positive indication for narcotics inside the car, specifically on the driver seat. A female officer was brought to the scene to search Guillen. The officer found a plastic bag in Guillen’s pants containing six bundles (60 bags) of heroin. Police say the bags were all stamped “REVENGE.” Guillen was arrested.
Police then went back to the Rowayton Woods Condo Complex to interview the owner of the unit they saw Guillen go into. Police say the owner said she rented a room to Guillen in December 2015 and that Edwards had been a frequent visitor. Police obtained a search warrant for the residence and say they found a full heroin drug factory in the rented room, which they say had been kept locked from the owner.
Police found and seized:
- 671 bags of packaged heroin stamped “Revenge”
- 49.1 grams of heroin
- Over 7,000 empty bags ready to be bagged
- Electronic scale
- Multiple ounces of cutting agent
- Electronic blender for processing heroin & cutting agents
- Hundreds of rubber bands for bundling the packaged heroin
- Hundreds of plastic bags for packaging
- Ink stamp for marking
According to police, the 49.1 grams of heroin found in the room has the ability of filling over 3,000 individual bags for street sale.
Guillen is charged with:
- Possession of Narcotics
- Possession within 1,500 feet of a school
- Possession with intent to sell
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of drug paraphernalia within 1,500 feet of a school
- Operating a drug factory
- Operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone
- Operating a motor vehicle without a license
- Failure to wear a seatbelt
- Failure to have tint sticker
Police are now pursing additional charges for Edwards for the heroin found in the stash house. Police say at this time they believe the homeowner was not aware of the drug factory being run by Edwards and Guillen.