MERIDEN — A city man and New Britain woman face charges in separate incidents over the summer after authorities said they sold drugs outside Meriden Public Library.
Sarina Hunt, 25, of 78 Wilcox St., New Britain, was arrested on Monday and charged with possession of narcotics and sale of narcotics. James Bowman, 56, 176 Hillside Ave., Meriden, was also arrested on Monday and charged with sale of illegal drug, possession of narcotics and conspiracy to commit sale.
In August and September, officers in the police department’s Crime Suppression Unit initiated investigations into complaints of narcotics sales in the area of 72 E. Main St, according to arrest warrants.
In August, police instructed a cooperating witness with police funds to make a drug purchase in the area of 72 E. Main St., the warrant noted. The witness approached two men, one of whom was identified as Bowman, and asked for “smoke,” which is a street name for crack cocaine, the warrant said.
Bowman made several phone calls and was told by the supplier to meet behind the Meriden Public Library, 105 Miller St., the warrant said. The witness went to the location with Bowman, who sold the witness $20 worth of crack cocaine, the warrant said.
In September, officers used a cooperating witness to purchase heroin from Hunt. Hunt told the witness to meet at the library, the warrant noted. The witness met up with Hunt outside the library and purchased 1.2 grams of heroin for $20, the warrant stated. The witness then met with officers and gave them the heroin purchased from Hunt.
Hunt was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to the bail commissioner, Hunt has three pending cases for charges including risk of injury to a minor, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The judge set bond at $7,500 and continued the case to Nov. 30.
Bowman was also arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to statements in court, Bowman has three previous convictions for larceny charges. The judge released Bowman on a promise to appear and continued the case to Dec. 12. Bowman was ordered to comply with a treatment program.