Police: Men sold crack cocaine to police witnesses in separate incidents in Meriden

Police: Men sold crack cocaine to police witnesses in separate incidents in Meriden



MERIDEN — Two men face charges after authorities said they sold cocaine to police witnesses earlier this year.

Luis Ruiz, 38, of 3 Foster St., was arrested on Thursday and charged with sale of narcotics and conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics. 

Jose Nieves, 47, of 49 Akron St., 1B, was charged on Friday with sale of narcotics and conspiracy to commit sale of narcotics. 

Both men were arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Friday. The judge set bond at $5,000 for Nieves and $35,000 for Ruiz.

In August, police worked with a cooperating witness to investigate complaints of drug dealing in the Pratt Street area, according to an arrest warrant. The witness met with Nieves and asked for crack cocaine.The witness then walked with Nieves to an apartment building, met with another man, and purchased $40 worth of crack cocaine.

In October, officers worked with a cooperating witness to investigate a report that a man was using a particular cell phone number to sell crack cocaine, according to the arrest warrant. The witness called the number, asked for crack cocaine, and was told to go to Grove Street.

Within a few minutes, a vehicle arrived, and a passenger sold the witness $20 worth of crack cocaine, the warrant said. Police stopped the car and identified the driver as Ruiz.


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