Police arrested a 49-year-old Stamford man operating what they described as a "cottage industry" of heroin redistribution in the city, Capt. Richard Conklin said Wednesday.
According to Conklin, investigators received information that Kendall "Pete" Sistrunk, of Southwood Dr., was allegedly taking frequent trips to New York City for inexpensive heroin and bring it back to Connecticut, where it could be sold at a substantial markup.
Investigators witnessed Sistrunk taking a morning train enroute to New York on the morning of Jan. 15 and witnessed his return at 7:52 p.m. Police intercepted him as he left the train station and it was allegedly discovered during the course of conversation he was in possession of 4 pieces of a white, rock-like substance he told officers was "beat," or fake, crack.
When officers informed Sistrunk of the possibility of a strip search, he allegedly admitted to having an additional quantity of heroin concealed in his buttocks, Conklin said. Sistrunk then allegedly retrieved the drugs, which turned out to be 44 Glassine baggies of "Ace of Spades" brand heroin.
The total value of heroin allegedly found on Sistrunk's person was approximately $900, including the "beat" bags officers discovered that testing would later test positive as heroin, according to Conklin, who said the bags could be purchased for $6 to $8 in New York and sold in Stamford for $20.
Sistrunk was charged with sale of certain illegal drugs and two counts possession of narcotics. He was held on a $5,000 bond and given a court date of Jan. 29.