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Narcotics Investigation Ends With Suspect Caught Sleeping

"We breached the door" to gain entry to his Bouton Street apartment, says commander of Special Services Division.

Members of the Police Department's Special Services Division concluded a two-month narcotics investigation early Wednesday morning by bursting into a South Norwalk residence and taking a suspect into custody.

We arrived around 6 a.m. and "breached the door," said Lt. Thomas Mattera, describing how Daniel White was captured inside his apartment at 85 Bouton St.

He was asleep in bed, laying on top of a fully-loaded, five-shot .38 caliber revolver, said Mattera, who is commander of Special Services. Officers also found a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, heroin and marijuana in the apartment, he said.

Mattera said White's arrest was the culmination of a two-month investigation into narcotics trafficking in and around the Bouton Street area.

White, 58, was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school. He was being held on $150,000 bond Wednesday afternoon.

Mattera said White is a convicted felon, and it is a violation of federal law for a felon to possess a firearm or ammunition. He said Norwalk Police would be contacting the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut to see if he wants to prosecute White under federal law.

Harold F. Cobin September 26, 2012 at 05:45 PM
This story was updated to include that officers also allegedly found heroin and marijuana in White's apartment.
momofone September 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM
He was lying on top of the gun; not laying.

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