Monday, March 30, 2009 - By Ben Berkowitz - No comments
We have always felt that SeeClickFix is a valuable tool for community members to anonymously voice complaints about issues which they might traditionally have been nervous to go to the police about. This is the first arrest that has been directly attributed to the SeeClickFix community and we're really excited that the New Haven Police Department is making good use of the data.
Here's a link to the issue: http://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/3998
NEW HAVEN POLICE WORK CLOSELY WITH COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE SUCCESSFUL NARCOTICS STING OPERATION
NEW HAVEN- Today, members of the New Haven Police Department Tactical Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation into street level drug dealing in the Eld Street area of the city. Eld Street residents were instrumental in the investigation by keenly observing suspicious activity in their neighborhood and promptly reporting their observations to the police via the website SeeClickFix.com. Armed with the information received from Eld Street residents TNU detectives conducted surveillance, and a subsequent "sting" operation in the aforementioned area. At 2:31 pm, at the corner of Orange Street and Eld Street, detectives interrupted a street level heroin transaction. TNU detectives arrested both the alleged dealer Nelson Garcia (DOB 11/30/78) of 154 Canal St. and the buyer, Joseph Mazzucco (DOB 2/17/74) of 60 Rock Rd., North Haven.
Detectives seized ten (10) packets of heroin from Mazzucco. Subsequently, Mazzucco was arrested for Possession of Narcotics, Possession within 1500 feet of a school, Possession of drug paraphernalia, Operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, and Failure to obey a traffic signal. Detectives seized $1,060.00 from Garcia, as well as a 2010 Toyota Camry, and charged him with Sale of Narcotics. Both were remanded to the Union Avenue detention facility.
No photographs are available at this time.
Jessica A. Mayorga
Director of Communications
City of New Haven
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