Police Stare Down Armed Man in Vernon, Take Him Into Custody on Drug Charges

A search warrant had been secured for a Hockanum Boulevard residence.

Law enforcement officers raided a Vernon residence at about 4 p.m. on Friday, forced an armed man to surrender and made a large drug bust, police said.

Vernon police and the East Central Narcotics Task Force took part in the operation. Vernon is a member of the task force along with the Manchester, South Windsor and Glastonbury departments, a news release indicates.

On Friday, a search warrant was obtained for 95 Hockanum Boulevard, Unit 4001, according to a task force news release.

Task force officers had information that narcotics activity was taking place at the residence, according to a task force news release.

Task force officers executed the search warrant and seized a .223 caliber rifle, six handguns, 7.5 pounds of marijuana, about 130 bags of heroin, 40 Oxycodone pills, packaging, scales, $3,270 in cash, a 2003 BMW, a Subaru sedan and other drug paraphernalia, according to a news release. 

The resident, Fredrick Lee, was arrested as a result, police said. The case is considered an ongoing investigation and more arrests are possible, police said.

Officers found Lee inside the apartment armed with a loaded .40 caliber handgun, police said. When confronted by officers, Lee dropped the gun and was taken into custody without further incident, Vernon police said.

Lee also had a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun in the residence, Vernon police said.

Police said Lee, 28, has been charged with:

• Possession of narcotics (two counts).
• Possession of narcotics with intent to sell.
• Possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana.
• Possession of Marijuana with intent to sell.
• Possession of drug paraphernalia.
• Operating a drug factory.

His bond was set at $500,000, surety, police said.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »