Three Meriden residents face drug charges after police witness drug sale

MERIDEN — Three residents face drug charges after police witnessed a drug sale at a local apartment complex.

Renee Hamelin, 31, of 120 Harrington St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia. Craig Jackson, 30, of 89 Myrtle St., and William Jackson, 31, of 168 Hobart St., were also both arrested Thursday and charged with possession of narcotics, intent to sell, conspiracy to possess narcotics and conspiracy to sell narcotics. William Jackson was also charged with possession of marijuana.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman, said officers from the Crime Suppression Unit were at the Meetinghouse Village apartments investigating an unrelated case. Officers in an unmarked car saw a woman, later identified as Hamelin, going around her car, looking as if she was cleaning it, according to a police report. A short time later, a car with two men, identified as the Jackson’s, pulled up next to Hamelin and she got into the passenger side of the car. Officers saw Hamelin hand one of the men money and was given a small item in return.

When officers approached Hamelin she dropped the item and put her hands to her face and started crying, the report said. Hamelin told police she had been clean for a long time had relapsed.

Police found $40 worth of crack cocaine on the ground near Hamelin, the report said. Police also found two glass pipes on Hamelin.

The men in the car were detained as officers searched the vehicle, the report said. Police found a sandwich bag with a razor blade and white rock-like substance, the cash from Hamelin, three cell phones, a prescription bottle with two oxycodone pills and a sandwich bag containing marijuana.

Hamelin was released on $10,000 bond and is due in court Nov. 8. Both Jacksons were held on $100,000 bonds and brought to Meriden Superior Court Thursday.

Judge Philip Scarpellino set bond for Craig Jackson at $20,000 and continued his case until Nov. 21. According to statements in court, Craig Jackson has a criminal history including charges of possession of marijuana, sale of hallucinogens and assault.

William Jackson is currently on federal probation and has six prior convictions, according to statements in court. Scarpellino set bond for William Jackson at $40,000 and continued his case until Nov. 21.

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