This story originally appeared in the New Haven Register.
WALLINGFORD >> A local man and woman are facing charges after Wallingford police say they worked together to bring heroin down from Hartford and supply it to several people in town.
Nathanael May, 25, was to appear in court Monday after police found him with 40 bags of heroin, Detective Division Commander Lt. Colavolpe said Monday in a release.
May allegedly led police on a short foot pursuit Friday after they spotted him riding a bicycle and approached him. May had been riding near the home he shares with his girlfriend, Jacqueline Gambardella, on North Airline Road.
Gambardella, 18, was arrested Thursday after a traffic stop.
Colavolpe said Wallingford investigators had received information over the course of several months that May and Gambardella were making daily trips up to Hartford to buy heroin then resell it in Wallingford.
Wallingford detectives used a confidential informant to make two different heroin purchases from the pair in October, officials said.
Colavolpe said some of the heroin police bought from May had been found to contain fentanyl, a powerful drug that has been linked to several overdoses around the state.
May was charged with interfering with police, three counts of possession of narcotics and two counts of sale of narcotics. He was held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his appearance in Meriden Superior Court.
Gambardella was charged with two counts of conspiracy to sell narcotics. She was released on $1,000 bail and is to appear Nov. 17 in Meriden Superior Court. It was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.
Colavolpe said anyone who knows about illegal drug sales in Wallingford is urged to contact police at 203-269-NARC (6272). People can give information anonymously, police said.