Police: 57 bags of heroin found in Middletown apartment near 3-year-old

This story was originally published in the Middletown Press.

MIDDLETOWN >> A city man and woman are facing charges after Middletown police say they found heroin in an apartment where the couple lived with a young child.

Juan Pagan-Rivera, 27, and Lourdes Torreira, 26, had marijuana, prescription pills and 57 bags of heroin in their Grove Street apartment, near Macdonough Elementary School, police said.

Detectives served a search warrant at the apartment at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Inside, they found dozens of bags of heroin, 10.9 grams of raw heroin not packaged for sale, 13.4 grams of marijuana, 58 morphine sulphate pills, five acetaminophen/oxycodone pills, two digital scales, three cell phones and $2,338 cash, according to the police report.

Police said the unpackaged heroin could have yielded 545 to 763 bags for sale, which would have a street value of between $6,020 and $8,200.

Neither Pagan-Rivera nor Torreira had prescriptions for the pills, which would have been worth $630 on the street, police said.

Police said the drugs were within reach of the 3-year-old. Investigators notified the state Department of Children and Families about the incident.

Pagan-Rivera and Torreira were each charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, operation of a drug factory, possession of narcotics not in their original container, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school and risk of injury to a minor. Torreira was held in lieu of $150,000 bail pending her appearance in Middletown court Thursday.

Pagan-Rivera was held in lieu of $250,000 bail pending his appearance in Middletown court. State records show he previously had been out on bail after a September 2016 arrest for possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle in Plainville.

 

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