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Police Answer Drug Suspect’s Pager - And Arrest Customers

September 5, 1992

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gregory Bolling couldn’t come to the phone because he was in the police lockup, charged with selling cocaine.

So police answered his pager - and arrested two people who wanted to make a deal.

″We told them Greg was tied up, but we could make the delivery,″ said police Lt. Stephen Looby. ″They were happy with that, so we went.″

Detectives sold soap powder to the pair, who had ordered $20 worth of cocaine, police said.

Arthur O’Donnell, 26, of West Hartford and Nina Gosselin, 27, of Hartford were charged early Friday with criminal attempt to possess cocaine.

Bolling, 20, was arrested Thursday night following a six-month investigation, police said.

Looby said Bolling probably didn’t deal in large quantities of cocaine, but apparently did a lot of business in the West Hartford area.

Bolling’s pager continued beeping hours after the arrest of his would-be customers. None of the other calls led to arrests, Looby said.

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