Bristol woman receives suspended sentence in large scale drug operation after New Britain arrest leads to raid

Published on Friday, 14 January 2022 15:27


BRISTOL – A Bristol woman has been given a suspended sentence in connection with what police called a large scale drug operation.

Dacia Gunn, 44, was sentenced this week in New Britain Superior Court, where she received three years of probation. While serving the probationary period, she will be exposed to 10 years in prison if she were to violate any conditions.

Gunn’s sentence follows her pleading guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell. A number of charges were dropped in exchange for the plea, including those of operation of a drug factory, risk of injury to a minor, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dacia Gunn and her son, Kaiyon Gunn, 21, were arrested in January 2021following a search of their home at 24 Charles St. in November 2020, according to an arrest warrant in the case.

Kaiyon Gunn has pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to sell a narcotic substance. He is free on $250,000 bond while he awaits sentencing.

During a search of the Charles Street home on Nov. 4, 2020, according to the warrant, authorities reported finding a total of 1,440 wax folds of heroin or Fentanyl, $7,474 of suspected drug proceeds, more than 20 cell phones, multiple scales, cutting agents and packaging materials and one live round of ammunition. The evidence, police wrote, was “indicative of a large scale drug operation” being conducted in the home.

Police also noted in the warrant three minors were at the home when authorities arrived for the search.

The search, which was conducted by officers from Bristol and New Britain, came after New Britain police had arrested Kyshawn Gunn and another man in connection with the shooting of a 19-year-old. Court documents identified Kyshawn Gunn as Kaiyon’s brother.

While Kyshawn Gunn was being held on bond in the shooting, the warrant in the drug case indicated, he made several phone calls to Kaiyon Gunn, during which police believe they spoke about drugs using code words. The recorded calls were used to get a search warrant for the Bristol residence where the brothers resided at the time.

Kyshawn Gunn was previously sentenced to 90 months in prison, followed by 10 years of special parole, in connection with the shooting in New Britain and the Bristol drug raid.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 14 January 2022 15:27. Updated: Friday, 14 January 2022 15:29.