Stamford police made a drug bust where more than $20,000 in cocaine were recovered from a Warren Street home, authorities announced Thursday.
According to Sgt. Rich Gasparino of the Narcotics & Organized Crime Division, police culminated a two-month investigation Wednesday with a surveillance on 40 Warren Street. Gasparino said police had received information the resident, identified as Camilo Puerta, 20, had been dealing drugs.
Police watched the residence until they spotted a juvenile enter the home and quickly exit, they said. Officers stopped the youth and found him to be carrying $50 worth of cocaine and $50 worth of marijuana, they said. That was enough for a search warrant.
Police also learned the suspect allegedly had a handgun in the home, so they requested assistance from the Special Response Team, who breached and cleared the home before investigators moved in to serve the warrant.
Puerta was discovered in a rear yard of the home with two men not a part of the investigation.
During the search in Puerta's bedroom, police said they discovered 205 grams of cocaine with a street value of $20,000, 2 ounces of marijuana with a street value of $700, a .22 caliber pistol and 13 rounds and a digital scale. The gun had allegedly had its serial number altered.
"That was a large amount of cocaine, almost half-a-pound," Gasparino said. "He was a pretty big dealer for someone of such a young age."
Puerta's bond was set at $100,000 and he was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.