Hartford police narcotics detectives seized thousands of bags of heroin from the South End of the city on Wednesday morning during two drug busts.
One investigation was into a home on Maple Avenue in Hartford.
Police said they received information that a large amount of heroin was being packaged at 1067 Maple Ave., so detectives from the Hartford Police vice, intelligence and narcotics divisions, as well as members of the South Conditions Unit and State Police Task Force, set up surveillance and saw someone carrting a large bag into a car.
When police stopped the vehicle, the person inside got out of the car and tried to flee from police.
Police identified him as Jorge Rivera, 25, of Hartford, and said they found him with 1.600 bags of heroin.
When police searched the house, they found 3,400 bags of heroin and 144 grams of pure heroin, along with packaging material, police said. Rivera was arrested on a federal narcotics charge.
Undercover detectives also made two arrests after setting up surveillance on Albany Avenue.
Police said the two targets of the investigation traveled to Franklin Avenue and Preston Street, where officers stopped them. A K-9 search the vehicle led investigators to find 300 grams of pure heroin, police said.
When police searched the targets’ “stash” house at 210 Farmington Ave., they found $25,000 in cash, along with 565 grams of pure heroin and a loaded gun magazine, police said.
When officers searched a second suspected stash house at 1021 Asylum Ave., they found around 400 individual bags of heroin.
Yhonathan Perdomo, 27, of 210 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school and drug factory.
Julio Soto, 30, of 1021 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession with intent to sell narcotics, and possession with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of school.