Man charged in Plainville and Bristol drug sales

Published on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:26
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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PLAINVILLE - A Terryville man was arrested Thursday in connection with the sale of drugs in Bristol and Plainville, where he allegedly nearly struck two officers while trying to escape police who had surrounded his van.

Antwain Berry, 26, of 431 S. Main St., Terryville, is accused of selling drugs twice in Bristol and trying to sell someone 100 bags of heroin and fentanyl in Plainville in January, according to court documents. No information about the Bristol sales, which also allegedly occurred in January, was available, as the warrants in those cases have been sealed.

According to the warrant for Berry’s Plainville arrest, police say he drove to Duval Lane on Jan. 15 to sell someone 100 bags of heroin or fentanyl, worth $400. Shortly after seeing a white van arrive, police surrounded it with their guns drawn, including one officer armed with a long gun.

Police told the driver to show his hands and get out, but he instead shifted it into gear and drove away quickly, nearly striking two police officers, the warrant said. Police tried to follow the van, but it was driving so fast that they lost sight of it.

No injuries were reported.

Police believe the person driving the van was Berry, who allegedly goes by the street name “Tweez,” court papers said.

In another of Berry’s arrests Thursday, he was cited for being found on Jan. 4 with 1.6 ounces of marijuana, a digital scale with cocaine residue on it and a number of elastic bands - commonly used to package drugs - outside a house on South Main Street, according to court papers. Police were called to the home after Berry’s friend mistook it for another home, court documents said.

Berry faces charges of attempted sale of a narcotic substance, first-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, operating under suspension, possession of a controlled substance, possession of less than a half ounce of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of sale of a narcotic substance.

He is being held on $40,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on April 15.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Friday, 15 March 2019 20:26. Updated: Friday, 15 March 2019 20:28.