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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.

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