Police: Tipsters lead to Danbury drug bust

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DANBURY — Complaints from residents about drug sales has led to the arrests of two city men, police said.

Dontee Heyliger and Duane Perkins, both 38, each face charges of possession of a controlled substance; possession with intent to sell; along with other charges related to the sale and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia near a school, and near public housing.

The two men were released from custody after their arrests on Thursday.

Danbury police said the investigation began when they received complaints about Heyliger “selling illicit drugs throughout the city,” Detective Lt. Mark Williams said in a press release.

“As a result of a subsequent investigation, probable cause was established to believe Heyliger was involved in drug trafficking,” Williams wrote.

Police obtained search warrants for Heyliger, along with his phone, residence and car. On Thursday, police with the department’s special investigations division set up surveillance of Heyliger and Perkins’ home on Bayberry Lane.

Heyligerv drove from the home to a parking lot on Germantown Road around 2 p.m., Williams said.

“After entering the parking lot, investigators saw Heyliger meet with an adult female waving her arms in the air as Heyliger came into her view,” Williams said.

Police said they believe the two conducted a “hand-to-hand” drug sale. Police said they then executed the search warrants and arrested Heyliger and the woman.

When police searched the Bayberry Lane home, they found Perkins inside, along with a “substantial quantity of Ecstasy tablets and money.” Police said they also found cocaine and “drug paraphernalia” during the search.

Police also charged a 64-year-old New Milford woman they said conducted the drug buy. She was charged with possession of a controlled substance.