NEW BRITAIN - A city man was released after posting $150,000 bond following his arrest on drug charges.
Ramon Figueroa, 28, of 535 Burritt St., third floor, was the target of an investigation into crack cocaine and heroin sales at his address, police reports said.
When police arrived with a search warrant and the SWAT team Friday at about 5 a.m. to raid the apartment, a lieutenant spotted Figueroa tossing what appeared to be a backpack out the window and onto the driveway.
The lieutenant found the backpack and a silver-plated revolver with several rounds of ammunition scattered nearby.
After police entered the third floor apartment by battering the door with a ram, detectives were told that Amanda Aulenti, 37, of Newington, was found in a bathroom with ripped up heroin packets floating in the toilet.
Figueroa and Aulenti were taken into custody as the apartment was searched, police said. Figueroa said Aulenti alerted him that the police had arrived so he tried to throw the backpack holding the gun and ammunition into a garbage can from a third-floor window.
The backpack contained 25 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition and eight rounds of .38-caliber ammunition, police said. The handgun found near the backpack was a .38-caliber Taurus revolver. Five rounds of .38-caliber ammunition were also found near the gun, police said.
Figueroa admitted that he is a convicted felon which bars him from possessing a firearm. Police also found 540 bags of heroin, pink plastic capsules used to package crack cocaine, and four Suboxone film strips which are commonly used to fight opiate addition, in a safe in the bedroom. Police also found small amounts of marijuana and crack cocaine.
Aulenti was charged with possession of narcotics, interfering with a search warrant and tampering with evidence. She was released on non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in New Britain Superior Court Oct. 12.
Figueroa was charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, possession with intent to sell, possession of narcotics, operation of a drug factory, interfering with a search warrant, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of a pistol. He was released after posting $150,000 bond and will appear in court Oct. 11.
Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or Lbackus@centralctcommunications.com.