2 arrested following surveillance at Danbury apartment

DANBURY — After an investigation into drug trafficking out of an apartment complex that spanned several weeks, two men were arrested and charged on Tuesday, police said.

Orlando “O” Cruz, 33, of Danbury, and 30-year-old Abdulwali Peterson, of Naugatuck, were hit with various drug-related charges, including possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell/sale of a controlled substance.

Peterson was also charged with interfering with the duties of a police officer.

Cruz’s bail was set at $200,00. Bail for Peterson was set at $250,000.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Danbury detectives of the Special Investigations Division and General Investigations Division, aided by officers form the Community Conditions Unit and patrol division, set up surveillance at a unit at 1 Kennedy Ave., the Kennedy Flats.

“Detectives observed Peterson drive into the complex and meet with Cruz,” police said. “Detectives observed a hand to hand drug transaction between the two at which point the surveillance team approached and identified themselves as police officers.”

Detectives seized three clear, knotted plastic bags from Cruz’s left hand, police said. The substance inside later tested positive for cocaine.

Police obtained search and seizure warrants for Cruz’s residence, car and person. Police said he was the focus on a weeks-long investigation related to drug sales out his unit at the Kennedy Flats apartment complex.

“The investigation was initiated after receiving citizen complaints regarding Cruz’s illegal activity,” police said. The department said the activity consisted with drug trafficking.

But Peterson didn’t hang around, possibly hoping to avoid ending up in handcuffs like Cruz.

But after a brief foot pursuit through the complex, investigators caught up with Peterson and he was subsequently arrested.

While running away, police said, Peterson tossed away a digital scale. It was later seized and found to have a white powder residue on the surface, which later tested positive for cocaine.

With the approved search and seizure warrant for the unit in the apartment, police were able to seize drug paraphernalia, cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash.

To report a crime, the Danbury police anonymous tip line can be reached at 203-790-8477.