Police: Meriden man charged in robbery following drug deal in Southington

Police: Meriden man charged in robbery following drug deal in Southington



SOUTHINGTON — A city man faces a robbery charge after police said he pulled a gun on a man who sold him $20 worth of marijuana.

Raymond Cuevas, 24, of Meriden, was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery, second-degree breach of peace and second-degree reckless endangerment. 

According to police spokesman Lt. Stephen Elliott, Cuevas met another man in the parking lot of Citgo, 202 Main St. to buy marijuana. The other man, suspecting a $20 bill was counterfeit, confronted Cuevas, and Cuevas reportedly responded by pointing a gun at him. 

Cuevas drove off, but the man was able to give a vehicle description and partial license plate number to officers.

Police found a vehicle matching the description a short time later on Bristol Street.

The woman who was driving the vehicle told police Cuevas borrowed the car a short time earlier, Elliott said. 

When questioned by police, Cuevas said he had used a counterfeit $20 to pay for the marijuana, Elliott said.

He denied having a gun and police did not find a weapon in the car or at this home. 

Cuevas was initially held on $75,000 bond.

Lauren Sellew  


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