MERIDEN — A local man faces charges after police said they found over two pounds of heroin and other drugs during a search of his home last week.
Javier Martinez-Ortiz, 40, of 202 Carter Ave. Ext., was charged Feb. 13 with operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell hallucinogens, failure to keep narcotics in original container and two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
Members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force received information from an informant regarding drug trafficking in the New Haven area, according to a police report. Police stopped a car Martinez-Ortiz was driving in connection with the investigation, but the location was redacted from the police report. Police searched the car and found packaging materials and over $3,000 in cash. During the search, Martinez-Ortiz told police he had more illegal drugs in his Meriden home, the report said.
Inside the home police found a total of about two and a half pounds of heroin/fentanyl, 344 oxycodone tablets, $1,184 in cash, five THC vape cartridges, numerous rounds of ammunition and 102 suboxone strips, the report said.
Martinez-Ortiz was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. The judge set bond at $200,000 and continued the case to March 17.