Torrington man pleads not guilty to gun, drug-related charges

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TORRINGTON >> A city man pleaded not guilty in Torrington court to gun and drug-related charges stemming from an August arrest Friday.
Ricardo J. Salazar, 30, of 63 Whiting Ave., was arrested Aug. 23 and charged with criminal possession of a revolver, illegal alteration of firearm identifications, and possession with intent to sell, according to an investigation report.
Members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force Northwest Office and the Torrington Police Department arrested Salazar after executing search warrants for him and his place of residence Aug. 23, according to the report.
“The case stemmed from a number of controlled buys investigators made from Salazar during the course of the investigation,” officers said in the report. “Upon executing the search warrant at the residence, investigators seized approximately [50] grams of a brown powder-like substance purported to be heroin, packaging materials, and [1] Taurus .357 Magnum handgun having an obliterated serial number.”
Salazar allegedly said in a sworn written statement that police had found heroin on his person, and, while he did not witness the search of his apartment, “knew what the police were going to find” — about 50 grams of heroin and the handgun.
Other items seized during the search included two cell phones, “numerous wax envelopes in a cardboard box,” two scales and a mixer that bore suspected heroin residue, according to the report.
Salazar was held in lieu of $150,000 bail after his Aug. 23 arrest, according to court documents. His case was transferred Aug. 24 to Litchfield Superior Court.
Salazar appeared in Torrington court, the new home of Litchfield Superior Court proceedings, on Friday.
He pleaded not guilty and his case was continued until Oct. 17.
All three charges in Salazar’s case are considered felonies in the state of Connecticut, according to state judicial records.

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