NEWSFLASH: Darien, Bridgeport police make large-scale heroin bust

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 9.21.12 AMDarien Police Selective Enforcement Unit worked with Bridgeport Police Narcotics Task Force to arrest three people, including a large-scale heroin dealer, in Bridgeport for various narcotics charges on Wednesday.

Both departments conducted a long term drug investigation into the heroin trafficker, later identified as Joel Jean, 29.

The investigation revealed that Joel Jean, while free on Parole, has been distributing large quantities of heroin throughout the city of Bridgeport and lower Fairfield County.  As a result of the investigation, search and seizure warrants were obtained for Jean’s residence, located at 127 Hansen Avenue, Bridgeport, and for his vehicle; a 2004 Honda Accord, which police witnessed Jean transporting heroin in. Lastly, an arrest warrant was secured for Joel Jean charging him with a substantiated count of sale of narcotics.

On Aug. 3,  members of the Bridgeport Police Narcotics Division and Darien Police Department SEU apprehended Jean and his cohort, Scott Similien, during a motor vehicle stop. Shortly after the pair were taken into custody, authorities executed the search and seizure warrant on Jean’s residence, which resulted in the seizure of  approximately 400 bags of heroin, worth approximately $4,000, two pounds of marijuana, scales, drug packaging materials, a pump action shotgun, two loaded semi-automatic pistols, assorted ammunition and over $3,000 in drug proceeds from narcotic sales.

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Search warrant evidence obtained (photo courtesy Bridgeport PD)

During the search of the residence a male, later identified as Jamel Jacobs arrived on scene. It was quickly determined that he lived at the residence. Police later located a loaded .45 caliber handgun in his vehicle for which Jacobs had a valid permit.  However, after he provided the combination to a safe located inside the residence, it was found to contain two pounds of marijuana.  He, too, was placed under arrest.

Jean was charged with Criminal Attempt at Sale of Narcotics, Possession of Marijuana With Intent To Sell, Possession of Narcotics With Intent To Sell, and Operating a Drug Factory.  Jean was charged separately with the arrest warrant for one count of Sale of Narcotics, that was attached with a court set bond of $250,000.00.  Due to his status of being on parole (supervised release from prison),  Jean will be remanded back into custody.

Similien was charged with Possession of Marijuana With Intent To Sell and Criminal Attempt at Sale of Narcotics.  Similien was held in lieu of $50,000 pending his arraignment in court.

Jacobs was charged with Possession of over 4 oz. of Marijuana, Operating a Drug Factory and was held in lieu of $50,000.

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