Danbury men arrested on drug charges

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DANBURY — Two city men are facing drug trafficking charges after being arrested following a weeks-long investigation.

Ronald Taveras-Castro and Luis “Kiko” Rodriguez were arrested Monday by the Police Department’s Special Investigations Division.

The investigation began after police received citizen complaints about Taveras-Castro, 30, allegedly selling drugs in the Mill Ridge Road area, as well as throughout the city.

As investigators corroborated the complaints, the Danbury Superior Court issued warrants to search Taveras-Castro, his residence and a car registered to a relative.

Police arrested Taveras-Castro about 3:15 p.m. Monday as he was stopped in traffic. He was driving the vehicle identified in the search warrant, and Rodriguez, 27, was a passenger, according to police.

A cursory search of the vehicle revealed a package of marijuana, which Rodriguez claimed was his. He also was found to be in possession of “a substantial quantity of cocaine,” according to police, and Taveras-Castro was found to be in possession of “a substantial quantity of prescription opioids.”

Execution of the warrants also resulted in the seizure of “several hundred dollars” from Taveras-Castro’s home, police said.

Taveras-Castro and Rodriguez were arrested and each charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place, and possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a prohibited place.

Taveras-Castro’s bond was set at $100,000 and Rodriguez’s bond was set at $50,000.