Torrington police: 4 arrested, bags of heroin seized in search

This story originally appeared in the Register Citizen. Photo caption: From left to right, top to bottom: Christopher Ostrander, Carmen Ostrander, Francisco Nevarez Jr., Stephanie Metevier

TORRINGTON >> Two Torrington men, a Torrington woman and a Waterbury woman are facing charges after city police say they found dozens of bags of heroin in a local apartment earlier this week.

Christopher Ostrander, 54, of Torrington; Carmen Ostrander 53, of Torrington; Francisco Nevarez Jr., 34, of Torrington; and Stephanie Metevier, 22, of Waterbury were all taken into custody Wednesday after detectives served a search warrant on the second floor of 183 Riverside Ave.

Investigators seized more than 35 bags of heroin and a “significant” amount of cash, Sgt. Dustin Baldis, head of the city’s narcotics division, said in a press release late Thursday.

Christopher Ostrander and Carmen Ostrander, who live together in the Riverside Avenue apartment, were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

Christopher Ostrander was additionally charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell and possession of crack cocaine. He was released on $2,500 bail.

Carmen Ostrander was additionally charged with possession of heroin and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. She was released on $1,500 bail.

Nevarez, who lives on Brightwood Avenue in Torrington, was charged with possession of heroin with the intent to sell and tampering with physical evidence. State judicial records show he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and is to appear Dec. 16 in Bantam court.

Metevier, who lives in the 100 block of Highland Avenue in Waterbury, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of narcotic paraphernalia. She was released on $1,500 bail.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the suspects had attorneys. It was also not clear when the Ostranders or Metevier are to appear in court.

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