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Thursday, April 28, 2016


On 4-27-2016, Detectives from the Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit conducted a
 undercover narcotics operation in the north end of the city. This operation focused on the areas of
 Main St and Nelson St, Westland St, and Sanford St. Numerous complaints have been received that
 individuals were conducting street level narcotics sales along with the recent shots fired 
incidents at the targeted areas. 

The Detectives conducted surveillance in these areas and were able to identify prospective buyers 
and sellers of narcotics. A total of (8) individuals were arrested and charged with the appropriate
 narcotic related charges. During the operation $1,998 in U.S. currency, over an ounce of crack 
cocaine, two ounces of marijuana and heroin were seized. During this operation detectives also 
developed information that individuals were using 10 Stanford Street as a "stash house" for illegal 
firearms and narcotics.

 The detectives were able to obtain and execute a valid search warrant for the first floor apartment
 of 10 Sanford Street, Hartford. With the assistance of the Emergency Response Team and North
 Community Service Officers, the detectives executed the search warrant at the mentioned location.
 During the search warrant execution the following items were seized; a loaded 9mm handgun, 5 grams
 of crack cocaine, over an ounce of liquid PCP, several bags of packaged PCP, $3362.00 in U.S.
 currency and a bottle of "syrup". A total of 7 people were arrested as a result of the warrant.

1) Jeri Collins, DOB 1/15/1981, LKA Unknown CHARGES: Criminal possession of firearm, Possession of
 narcotics, PWITS narcotics, Possession of hallucinogenic, PWITS hallucinogenic and Interfering with search warrant.

2) James Williams, DOB 2/7/1990, LKA 1735 Main Street, Hartford CHARGES: Possession of narcotics,
 PWITS narcotics, Possession of hallucinogenic, PWITS hallucinogenic and Interfering with search

3) Alexsondra Williams, DOB 6/16/1973, LKA 10 Sanford Street, Hartford CHARGES: Criminal possession
 of firearm, Possession of narcotics, PWITS narcotics, Possession of hallucinogenic and PWITS

4) James White, DOB 11/7/1963, LKA 10 Sanford Street, Hartford CHARGES: Possession of narcotics, 
PWITS narcotics, Possession of hallucinogenic and PWITS hallucinogenic.

5) Lishawn Williams, DOB 2/19/1982, LKA 202 East Center Street, Manchester CHARGES: Interfering
 with a search warrant.

6) Charles Jackson, DOB 3/20/1990, LKA 119 Cedar Street, Manchester CHARGES: Interfering with a
 search warrant.

7) Jack Williams, DOB 11/28/1977, LKA 202 East Center Street, Manchester CHARGES: Interfering with
 a search warrant.

8) Franchist Cofield, DOB 5/25/1983, LKA 68 Harrison Street, New Britain CHARGES: Possession of
 narcotics, PWITS narcotics, Possession of controlled substance.

9) Ciara Ortiz, DOB 6/9/1993, LKA 84 Cleveland Avenue, Hartford CHARGES: Possession of narcotics.

10) David Fairley, DOB 8/15/1975, LKA 64 Sterling Street CHARGES: Possession of narcotics, 
Possession of a controlled substance, PWITS narcotics, Operation under suspension

11) Rose Gilhooly, DOB 11-5-97 LKA 275 South Elm Street, Windsor Locks CHARGES: Possession of
 Drug Paraphernalia

12) John Kehoe DOB 9-25-82, NCA, CHARGES: Possession of Drug Paraphernalia 

Ticketed: Todd Joiner 7-15-88 LKA 121 Cleveland Ave, CHARGES Possession of Controlled Substance 

Pedro Santiago DOB 7-17-87 LKA 296 Park Street, CHARGES Possession of Controlled Substance

Hawan McCray DOB 3-23-81 LKA 8 Turtle Lane East Htfd CHARGES Possession of Controlled Substance 


Anonymous said...

Just another dent in Hartford's drug dealing. Little tiny dent. So much more to fight New England's illegal drugs capital.


Every little bit helps, we can't very well sit back and do nothing. Keep it up HPD

Anonymous said...

Hartford's the capital of illegal drugs and prescription drugs, sold in every street, in McDonalds, in Dunkin Donuts. Will the new YardGoats stadium become the new venue for Hartford's drug dealers?

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

@ 8:56 Just as Pedro Maria Segarra said: HARTFORD HAS IT.

Christopher Lyons retired HPD said...

Again nice work by the HPD Vice and Narcotics Unit. The unit and the work they do are always taken for granted. Drug enforcement work is a dirty business and the officers that are assigned to do those investigations are an integral part of safety on the street. The area of this investigation has long been a disastrous area for the sale of drugs, gang activity and poor quality of life for the majority of law abiding citizens residing there. These arrests bring a brief respite to the chaos that drug selling activity brings to the neighborhood.

Many of the listed accused are examples of multi-generational criminal activity, families that afflict the areas of Hartford in which they live.

These quality of life destroyers need to be put at hard labor for their crimes. They are a detriment to the City.

peter brush said...

These quality of life destroyers need to be put at hard labor for their crimes.
I'd settle for getting them out of here, hard labor or no. What good purpose is presently served by the Aleutian Islands? The alienated-American community could be given Amchitka.
Amchitka was populated for more than 2,500 years by the Aleut people, but has had no permanent population since 1832. The island has been part of the United States since the Alaska Purchase of 1867. During World War II, it was used as an airfield by US forces in the Aleutian Islands Campaign.

Amchitka was selected by the United States Atomic Energy Commission to be the site for underground detonations of nuclear weapons.

Anonymous said...

Retired HPD Lyons, the drug dealing is the "dirty business," not the drug enforcement. The officers assigned to do this job must be more watchful, more effective and stop dealing with the other nonsense in Hartford that has nothing to do with their job. This way we might be lucky and read frequent reports of more arrests related to this "dirty business."

Anonymous said...

In all honesty...i live in hartford and i must be lucky. I have never been to a hair salon or bodega where drugs are being sold. Sounds like some people need to step up their acquaintance game. Rise above it people. You're better than that.

Anonymous said...


You may be able to buy a pain pill for the price of a Big Mac. But the Big Mac is without doubt, more addictive and more damaging. The next time you see a 300 pound person exiting from Mc Donald's, ask him if he would prefer to eat a pain pill instead of his Triple Big Mac with Supersizd sugar water and a double fries.

Anonymous said...

Kevin and Lyons ,Go ahead and chew me out for being anonymous,but I have to ask ,,,,Why does Hartford need a "task force" for common crimes ???? In the 60s,70s and 80s a "beat cop" (you younger people are gonna have to google that) would observe and make the arrest with or without assistance from other "patrolmen". Kevin ,Please post number of arrests related to drugs outside of a special assignment in a combined effort. Also ,the biggest joke,,post the number of DUI arrests NOT related to the checkpoints. It's widely known to get on a stretcher and get out of DUI court when involved in a DUI accident in Hartford. Kevin,go ask one of your friends on the force the last time they made someone do a field sobriety test.



Your points are valid. I think a lot of the "specialization" comes out of technology changes and liability and litigation trends. A DUI arrest could be an 8 hour adventure between booking, report writing and related events. Not very officer is trained as a DUI "expert" like those in the Traffic Division are, but I also know that "getting on a stretcher" is not an absolute out for a DUI arrest, numerous officers follow through regularly with search warrants to obtain medical records after one of those "stretcher cases" and then apply for arrest warrants for the operators after their BAC is obtained from the blood work drawn at the hospital. It is a lot of work and it is difficult, but HPD is doing a pretty good jobs of getting drunk drivers off our streets, probably a very small percentage of the number of impaired drivers out there every day, but I am sure it is a lot more than 10 or 15 years ago. And not to beat a dead horse, but not everything gets enforced the way it should when the Department is short staffed over 100 officers. And just to let you know, drug arrest and gun arrests are made every day by patrol officers, and not just specialized units

Anonymous said...

Kevin, thanks for the reply but can you provide me with numbers? Numbers don't lie and i'm extremely curious how many DUI arrests were made in 2015 not related to checkpoints. I know you can find that out a lot faster than I can. Thanks ahead of time for providing those.



I will ask, but I am not sure those statistics are actually kept. Many of the DUI arrests, though not made through checkpoints, are made through roving patrols and special efforts facilitated by grants for such specific patrols. I think the checkpoints are the major portion of the DUI arrests.

Chris Lyons retired HPD said...

To all of the anonymous,

Police departments need specialized units to combat certain crimes because Patrol Units are tied up on the day to day operations taking routine and emergency calls for service. And drug enforcement is a dirty business and wouldn't be if the citizens who live near those mutts selling drugs would take the time to give police the information.

Helping police is like voting. If you don't vote then don't complain about the rats that are elected. If you don't help police then do not complain about crooks ruining your life.

Doing so is helping your quality of life and the quality of life of your neighbors and you could live more peacefully if the drug dealers were taken out. And hope about a little support for the men and women of HPD and every other city and town who do this work every day. But that never will happen because police and their efforts are always taken for granted by those of you who type away anonymously.

Anonymous said...

Patrol units tied up? Your right! Just ask Brookman,there are anywhere from 2 to 4 cruisers at Farmigton and Imlay St substation during an average day. Wait,don't explain Mr Lyons I get it,they're doing reports from all the arrests they made! So busy!

Chris Lyons retired HPD said...

It does not take too much intestinal fortitude to make your commentary, Mr. Anonymous 12:58. Safe behind your computer. By the way I'm in Hartford every day to discuss such matters. But I have a better idea. See below.

If you think you can do the police job take the test, pass the requirements to include the polygraph and physical and please try. You will see what the police officers in Hartford go through on a daily basis keeping people like you safe.

There is one prerequisite for the job though--You can't be anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Chris,I keep my family and self safe by avoiding Hartford at all costs. Even more so now that HPD is running with 7 less cars. Use your contact at dispatch and ask them if they had a unit available for a confirmed daytime assault on 5/4 that a fire truck rolled up on,,,save your phone minutes I'll answer ,,they didn't ! The best they could do is send EMS. And no ,there wasn't a major police matter in progress.Chris ,you never justified the amount of cruisers staged at substations around the city. Another thing ,have you seen the shape of the majority of fire and police? Might as well end physical requirements if these men and women are gonna gain 50 lbs after a year on the job. By the way ,if I revealed my identity there are people who would go out of their way to make my life hell and I'm certain YOU would make a call to one of your insiders and be one of them.