Police: Four charged after officers witness drug transaction in downtown Meriden

Police: Four charged after officers witness drug transaction in downtown Meriden

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MERIDEN — Four people face charges after police said they witnessed a drug transaction in downtown Meriden on Wednesday. 

Maleek Lewis, 23, no address listed, was charged with sale of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance and interfering with police. Tiffany Hall, 32, of 24 Colony St., was charged with possession of narcotics and conspiracy to possess narcotics. Wilfredo Ocasio, 27, of 81 W. Main St., was charged with criminal attempt to possess narcotics. Morton Kammerer, 50, of 47 Lincoln St., was charged with criminal attempt to possess narcotics. 

On Wednesday around 5:15 p.m. members of the crime suppression unit were conducting patrols in the area of Grove Street and saw a man, later identified as Lewis, who had previously been associated with drug sales, according to a police report.

Officers watched Lewis conduct a transaction in a parking lot behind 81 W. Main St. with a woman, later identified as Hall, and a man, later identified as Ocasio, the report said. Officers announced their presence and Lewis fled on foot.

Officers pursued Lewis and the other officers approached Hall and Ocasio, who were climbing up fire escape stairs, the report said. An officer saw Hall place a bag into the handrail before approaching police. Officers retrieved the bag, which contained suspected crack cocaine.

Police apprehended Lewis a short distance away and noted he gave them a false name initially. Lewis admitted using a false name because he was the subject of an active warrant.

While investigating the incident, the phone was ringing with multiple unsaved or unknown phone numbers. Police answered an incoming call, and working in an undercover capacity, set up a controlled sale of narcotics to a man, later identified as Kammerer, the report said. 

Police drove to Kammerer’s location and told him to meet them outside. Kammerer approached the unmarked police car and nearly entered the vehicle as police exited to identify themselves, the report said. Police noted Kammerer had $40 in cash, which was the value of the narcotics he requested to purchase.

Kammerer was released on a promise to appear in Meriden Court on Aug. 22. Hall and Ocasio were released on $10,000 bonds and are also due in court on Aug. 22. 

Lewis was held on bond and arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. Bond was set at $25,000 and Lewis is due back in court on Sept. 18. 

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