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Three Men Arrested On Drug Charges After Short Pursuit In Fairfield

Javier Rodriguez Photo Credit: Contributed photo
Christian Rodriguez Photo Credit: Contributed photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Police acting on an anonymous tip of drug dealing on Roselle Street arrested two Bridgeport men and a Fairfield man on narcotics charges after a short pursuit, police said.

The anonymous tipster told police Thursday that a man appeared to be buying drugs out of a car around 6 or 6:30 p.m. several times a week, police said.

Officers in an unmarked car parked nearby on Friday and observed Nicholas Bandanza, 20, of Roselle Street, approach a silver Honda that drove up to him and make a transaction, police said. The officers followed the car to Stratfield Road and engaged in pursuit, lights flashing, until the car stopped on Euclid Avenue, police said.

The driver, Javier Rodriguez, 28, of Park Avenue, Bridgeport, was searched and found to have 10 bags of heroin, a small bag of marijuana and about $635, police said.

One of his two passengers, Christian Rodriguez, 22, of Dover Street, Bridgeport, also had a bag of marijuana, police said.

Both men were charged with illegal manufacture, distribution and sale of narcotics and conspiracy to commit illegal manufacture, distribution and sale of narcotics, police said. Javier Rodriguez was also charged with engaging in pursuit.

Bandanza, who was found with an unspecified amount of heroin, was arrested on Roselle Street and charged with possession of narcotics, police said.

Christian Rodriguez was held on $10,000 bond. The bond for the other two men was unclear.

They are all scheduled to appear in court on May 9.

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