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West Hartford Police Seize Fentanyl, Charge Two Men with Intent to Sell

Humberto Carlos Baez (left), Carroll Joseph Avery (right). Courtesy of West Hartford Police

Two men face multiple charges from West Hartford Police, including possession with intent to sell narcotics.

By Ronni Newton

A narcotics investigation conducted by the West Hartford Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit and Community Support Unit, as well as the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, led to the arrest by warrant of two men suspected of selling fentanyl and other controlled substances.

Humberto Carlos Baez, 25, of Prospect Avenue in Hartford, and Carroll Joseph Avery, 53, of West Beacon Street in West Hartford, were found in Avery’s apartment on Beacon Street at 5:45 a.m. on Nov. 18, 2019.

When officers arrived to serve the warrant, the suspects refused a command by police to open the door, Capt. Michael Perruccio said. Police had to force entry to gain access, damaging a door frame, handle, and lock on the back door, and the window pane of the main front door.

Police seized 50 bags of fentanyl, a small amount of crack cocaine, a sandwich bag containing a small amount of an unknown white powder, digital scale, cutting agents, packaging material, drug paraphernalia, and $1,501 cash, Perruccio said.

Both men were charged with operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to commit all of the drug charges, and tampering with evidence.

Baez was released on $50,000 surety bond and is due in court on Dec. 5. According to online court records, Baez previously received an eight-year suspended sentence and three years of probation for on charges of possession with intent to sell stemming from a Sept. 8, 2017 incident.

Avery was released on a promise to appear and is also due in court Dec. 5.

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