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Danbury Police arrest suspected drug dealer, customer

December 7, 2018

DANBURY — A weeks-long investigation into a suspected drug dealer in Danbury resulted in two arrests Thursday.

Ariel Perez-Hinojosa, 23, was arrested on a series of drug-related offenses after investigators searched his apartment on Division Street on Thursday afternoon and discovered more than an ounce of suspected fentanyl, drug paraphenalia and hundreds of dollars in cash, Lt. Mark Williams said Friday morning.

Nicholas Vito Alosco, 29, of Bethel, also was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after officers observed him purchasing drugs from Perez-Hinojosa, according to a news release.

Detectives began investigating Perez-Hinojosa, also known as “MVP,” after receiving citizen complaints that he had been selling drugs from his basement apartment.

Police began surveilling the apartment at about 10 a.m. Thursday and witnessed Perez-Hinojosa and Alosco make a hand-to-hand transaction, according to investigators.

Officers then executed search warrants on the apartment, Perez-Hinojosa’s car and his cell phone Thursday afternoon and discovered the illegal items.

Alosco faces only the single charge of possession and was released with a written promise to appear.

Perez-Hinojosa is being held on a $100,000 bond and faces eight charges related to the possession and sale of a controlled substance, including withing 1,500 feet of a school because of its proximity to Park Avenue Elementary School.

zach.murdock@hearstmediact.com

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