Crack deal yields fake powdery substance, arrests

Undercover police attempts to buy crack left officers with a bag of fake drugs and later when they tried to make good on the deal, the alleged dealers grabbed $80 and ran off without giving the officers anything.

Police chased down the three suspects on Saturday, Jan. 12, after Stamford resident Jonathan Orellano, 18, grabbed the $80 from an undercover informant while sitting in a car parked at the Best Buy on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk, and then ran off. Two others, Joshua Hurley, 18, and a 16-year-old, both of Stamford, were sitting in the backseat and fled with Orellano after he grabbed the cash from the informant, police said.

The day before, police had arranged to buy crack cocaine from a dealer named John, police said, using information obtained from an informant. An undercover officer then met with John at the Darien/Stamford border. The officer bought four baggies of what he was told was crack, but police later learned it was merely a white powdery substance.

The undercover officer contacted John via text messages and John promised to make good on the transaction and arrangements were made to buy more crack, police said. Upon arrival, along with several cover officers, three subjects, later determined to be the arrestees, approached the undercover officer in his vehicle. Orellano entered the front passenger side and the other two subjects entered the back, police said.

Once the undercover officer produced the $80 cash, Orellano grabbed the money and all three subjects fled the vehicle and ran in different directions, police said. All were chased down by the cover officers and placed under arrest. The juvenile was found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana, police said. Orellano later stated that he had no intention of selling any narcotics to the undercover officer, as it is not uncommon for him to steal from narcotics abusers.

All three were charged with misrepresentation of a controlled substance, second-degree larceny, second-degree conspiracy to larceny and interfering with an officer. Orellano posted a $5,000 bond and has court on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The juvenile was turned over to his mother and has juvenile court on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Hurley was held in lieu of $5,000 bond, which he did not post. He was arraigned on Monday, Jan. 14.

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