Man accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to police witness in Meriden

Man accused of selling heroin and fentanyl to police witness in Meriden

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MERIDEN — A man faces charges after authorities said he sold a mixture of heroin and fentanyl to a police witness in August. 

Edwin Ramirez, 57, was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics and conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics.

Ramirez was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to the bail commissioner, Ramirez has 29 convictions and a criminal history dating back to 1978. The judge set bond at $35,000 and continued the case to Nov. 29. 

In August, officers on the police department’s Crime Suppression Unit began an investigation after receiving complaints about the sale of narcotics in the area of Pratt Street and Benjamin Street, according to the arrest warrant. Officers used a cooperating witness and supplied the witness with police funds.

The witness went to the area and asked a man to purchase heroin, the warrant said. The man walked with the witness to the area of 55 Willow St. and met with a man, later identified as Ramirez, who conducted a sale, the warrant said. The witness then met with officers and turned over the drugs.

Police tested the substance and confirmed it was heroin and fentanyl, the warrant said.

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