A suspected heroin dealer was arrested without incident as Norwalk police used its special response team (SRT) Monday night.
Heath R. Denger, 36, of 36 Glover Ave., was charged with possession of heroin and tampering with evidence. Drug investigators from METRICH, a 10-county drug task force, were involved in the raid and using a search warrant.
“Mr. Denger threw a plastic bag containing heroin under his basement steps as SRT members entered his home,” Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said.
During a search of the residence, investigators reported finding suspected heroin packaged for sale, heroin-related packaging material, drug paraphernalia, two unloaded rifles, an unloaded shotgun and money suspected of being related to drug trafficking. Police seized $157 in cash as evidence.
“It was about $280 in heroin,” Fry said about the street value of the drugs.
“We received information (Denger) was trafficking in heroin from his residence,” he said about tips from concerned citizens and confidential informants.
“We had intelligence dating back to 2011. This was a long-term investigation,” Fry said. “This investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are likely.”
The detective said the SRT was used because of Denger’s “extensive criminal record” and officer safety.
“We didn’t know who was going to be in the house besides him,” Fry said.
Denger has previous convictions for breaking and entering, burglary, attempted escape, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and multiple thefts.
On Sept. 25, 1990, Denger was convicted for vandalizing a burial place. Detectives said several suspects were involved in the well-publicized grave-robbing case.