Naugatuck man arrested for drugs

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BY STEVE BIGHAM

REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

SOUTHBURY — A routine traffic stop Sunday led to the arrest of a Naugatuck man, who was found in possession of a large amount of narcotics with intent to sell, police allege.

Randall Martinelli, 35, of 52 Longwood Drive, was arrested just before 5 p.m. on Heritage Road.

Southbury police said they pulled over Martinelli’s gray Honda Accord after it was spotted speeding out of the Southbury Shopping Plaza, committing multiple motor vehicle violations, including failure to signal and having illegally tinted windows.

A search of the vehicle yielded 23 bundles of heroin amounting to 230 glassine folds for a total weight of 2.4 ounces or 68 grams, police allege. Also found were five baggies consisting of 0.8 ounces or 22.6 grams of crack cocaine and $917 in suspected cash proceeds of illegal narcotics sales, police allege.

Martinelli was arraigned Monday in Waterbury Superior Court on two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, sale of an ounce or more of heroin/fentanyl and possession with intent to sell more than a half ounce of cocaine.

Martinelli is a felon who had been out on parole, police said.

He also was charged with first-degree violation of the conditions of his release.