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Recent Bridgeport arrests yield guns, drugs

February 15, 2019

BRIDGEPORT — The police department’s Tactical Narcotics Team recently took several guns and drugs off the streets and charged those caught in possession of them, Police Chief Armando Perez said Thursday.

“It’s so disheartening,” he said. “Some people just have no compassion for other people’s lives.”

On Jan. 30, Calvin Boyd, 28, was charged with possession of possession and possession with intent to sell, court records show.

Police said he was arrested after he was stopped for a suspected drug transaction. Boyd was found in possession of about 50 grams of marijuana, police said.

Boyd was held on a $15,000 bond. Court records showed he was released from custody. He’s next expected in court on March 20.

The next day Raevon Peters, 26, was charged with sale of a narcotic substance, possession with intent to sell, criminal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a large-capacity magazine and stealing a firearm, court records show.

TNT officers recently investigated Peters, who was suspected of dealing cocaine out of a third-floor apartment in the 50 block of Worth Street. After the officers saw him complete a drug transaction in Milford, officers followed Peters back to Bridgeport, where they arrested him for the sale.

Officers got written consent to search the Worth Street apartment and found 5 grams of cocaine packaged for sale, 10 amphetamine pills, small amounts of oxycodone and marijuana, cutting agents and drug factory equipment, police said.

The TNT officers also seized a stolen Taurus 9mm handgun with high-capacity magazine. Peters is a convicted felon, adding to his charges.

He was held on a $200,000 bond. Court records show Peters was not released from custody. He is next expected in court on March 6.

On Feb. 5, 46-year-old Angel Diaz was charged with carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle, illegal possession of a large-capacity magazine, possession with intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia, court records show.

TNT officers were doing surveillance in the area of Pembroke and Arctic Street, “which is a haven for illegal enterprise including firearms and narcotic trafficking,” police said. One officer spotted Diaz do a drug transaction and later detained and arrested him.

The officers found a loaded Ruger .40-caliber handgun with a high-capacity magazine, nine bags of powder cocaine, 12 bags of crack cocaine and drug factory equipment, police said.

Diaz was held on a $100,000 non-surety bond. Court records show he was released from custody. He is next expected in court on Feb. 22.

Also on Feb. 5, 33-year-old John Matthews was charged with stealing a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, engaging police in a pursuit and reckless driving, court records show.

TNT officers got information that Matthews was driving around in a vehicle with a firearm. Police said Matthews was the target of a investigation by TNT officers. The information was given out to patrol officers and the vehicle was spotted and stopped after a brief pursuit.

Officers found two guns — a stolen .38-caliber revolver and a 9mm Sig Sauer — and 28 grams of marijuana and several pills, possibly of a controlled substance, police said. Matthews and two other people in the vehicle were arrested.

Court records show Matthews was not released from custody. He’s next expected in court on Feb. 21.

During a recent motor vehicle stop, 21-year-old Taj Myers was found to be in possession of 4.73 ounces of marijuana, police said. TNT officers had been investigating Myers for drug transactions out of a residence in the 40 block of Freeman St.

During a search of Myers’ residence, police also found a Ruger P-90 .45-caliber handgun, ammunition and $478 in cash. There were no updated court records for his charges available Thursday.

Perez praised the TNT officers involved in with the arrests.

“They do a real great job — every day,” he said.