Man faces drug charges after fleeing from police on foot

MERIDEN— A city man faces multiple charges after police say he ran away from an officer attempting to pat him down and was seen dropping something from his pockets.

Roberto Valle, 34, of 167 Liberty St. was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespass, interfering with police officers, possession of narcotics, sale of illegal drugs and failure to keep drugs in container.

Sgt. Darrin McKay, police spokesman, said an officer happened to be driving by a home on Cook Avenue about 3 p.m., in an area known for drug activity, and saw a person he knew did not live at the home hanging out on the front porch.

When the officer approached Valle and began asking him questions, his answers were elusive and he began to tense up, McKay said. The officer was going to do a pat down when Valle took off on foot into the backyard, McKay said.

The officer saw Valle drop something out of his pocket, and went after him, McKay said. Valle was picked up by police in the area later, McKay said

The object dropped was recovered and found to be 20 bags of heroin, McKay said.

Valle was held in lieu of $20,000 bond and arraigned Wednesday morning.

His next court date is scheduled for July 2.

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