West Haven police: Clinton man found with hundreds of Xanax pills, some laced with heroin

This story first appeared in the New Haven Register

WEST HAVEN >> A Clinton man was arrested Wednesday night after West Haven police say they found more than 200 Xanax pills in his possession, including some that were blended with heroin.

Russell Lanziero, 35, was arrested after police and firefighter responded to a report of a woman in distress at the Savin Park condos off of Savin Avenue.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment, police said Thursday on their Facebook page. It was not immediately clear why she was in distress. Her identity and condition were not released.

Police allegedly found Lanziero in possession of 214 regular Xanax pills and 12 pills known as “red devils,” a term for Xanax pills that contain heroin.

Lanziero, who lives on Stony Point Road in Clinton, was charged with obtaining drugs illegally, possession of narcotics, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending an appearance in Milford Superior Court.

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