Darien police arrested a 45-year-old Norwalk man on Monday after an investigation into cocaine sales in Darien. Police say they confiscated both drugs and a hand gun from the man.
Police on Tuesday afternoon issued this news release (with accusations not proven in court):
Over the past several weeks, the Darien Police Department Selective Enforcement Unit (S.E.U.) developed information involving the delivery and sale of cocaine in the southeastern section of Darien, within close proximity of I-95.
Investigators identified Salvatore Vento, 45, of Flintlock Road, Norwalk as the individual responsible for conducting the cocaine sales in Darien.
Darien Police detectives then applied for and were granted search warrants for Vento’s residence and vehicles.
During the evening hours of Feb. 8, Darien officers working with the Norwalk Police Narcotics Unit located Vento driving his 2003 Chevrolet Silverado on West Cedar Street in Norwalk. Vento’s vehicle was stopped and the search warrant was executed.
During the search, 4.6 grams of cocaine, individually packaged for sale, was located both in his vehicle and on his person. Vento was then placed under arrest.
Shortly thereafter a search of Vento’s residence was executed. During the search, approximately $3,000 in cash, a fully loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm hand gun, 18.4 grams of cocaine, scales, baggies, and other devices used for packaging, were all located and seized. It was determined that the firearm was properly registered to Vento.
Vento was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to sell, and operating a drug factory. His 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was seized and he was issued a $10,000 bond which he later posted. He is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford on Feb. 19.
Editor’s note: This police news release was slightly edited to conform with Darienite.com editorial style.