Pair in Torrington found with 100 packets of heroin

This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register

TORRINGTON >> A city woman and a Burlington man were arrested Tuesday night after Torrington police allegedly saw them make a drug transaction, then found 100 heroin packets in their possession.

Jolie Cooper, 56, and Joshua Lamonte, 32, were taken into custody at Cumberland Farms, 1082 E. Main St., police spokesman Lt. Bart Barown III said Wednesday in a press release.

Barown said members of the Police Department’s Narcotics Unit saw the pair do a hand-to-hand drug deal at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, while they sat in Cooper’s vehicle.

Police allegedly found 95 wax packets in Cooper’s possession that contained a brown powder later determined to be heroin. Barown said she also allegedly had money and a bottle of miscellaneous pills that had a controlled substance inside.

Lamonte was allegedly found to be in possession of five wax packets with the brown substance in them. He also allegedly had two used wax packets on his person.

Investigators searched Lamonte’s vehicle and allegedly found marijuana, a digital scale, loose straws and a smoking pipe.

Cooper, who lives on Washington Avenue in Torrington, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school and possession of a controlled substance.

She was released in lieu of $5,000 bail pending an appearance in Bantam Superior Court, but it was not immediately clear when she would appear.

Lamonte, who lives on Stafford Road in Burlington, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released in lieu of $500 bail pending an appearance in Bantam Superior Court, but it was also not immediately clear when he would appear.

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