Drug ‘mall’ found at Hartford restaurant: Police – NBC Connecticut

Police discovered what they described as a drug “mall” while investigating a restaurant in Hartford.

Hartford police and several other agencies responded to 451 Franklin Avenue and served a warrant just before 7 p.m. Thursday, police said.

At a news conference on Friday, police said the company charged a cover charge and inside they found narcotics tables set up like a market.

Hundreds of pounds of marijuana, along with several other drugs, THC edibles and treats, firearms and more, have been seized after the investigation into the sale of illegal drugs at a local business.

Police estimate the street value of the drugs at around $500,000.

Eight people were arrested and Hartford police said four firearms, more than $30,000 in cash, 145 pounds of marijuana, 160 bags of fentanyl, 14 grams of cocaine, hundreds of THC edibles and bars chocolate bars, two pounds of magic mushrooms, 100 bottles of liquid THC and 50 bottles of “Lean” were seized.

Members of the Hartford Police Vice and Narcotics Division, C4 Division, FBI Task Force, South Street Crimes Unit, Area Community Services Officers, Labor from the CT State Police and Department of Tax Services were involved in the investigation.

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information to call the Hartford Police Department tip line at 860-722-TIPS (8477).

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Peggy P. Gilmore