Norwalk man accused of running a drug factory out of a barbershop
Updated 1:35 pm, Saturday, November 18, 2017
NORWALK — The owner of a Norwalk barbershop is being charged with running a drug factory, police said.
Owner of Joel’s Barber Lounge, 32-year-old Joel Figueroa, is facing numerous drug charges after police responded to a reports of a commercial burglary and found signs of a drug operation instead.
Norwalk police responded to reports of an overnight commercial burglary at 71 Cedar St. Friday morning.
When police arrived, they found the door to Joel’s Barber Lounge ajar. While checking for suspects inside, police said they didn’t find evidence of any break-in. However, police said they did find evidence of drug activity.
According to police reports, investigators found a table in a back room littered with drug paraphernalia.
Since officers had entered on suspicion of a break-in, detectives exited the barbershop, applied for a separate search warrant and later re-entered to search the barbershop when the warrant was obtained.
Inside, police found paraphernalia ranging from a digital scale, rolling papers and a glass smoking bowl to materials used to create butane hash oil. Police said they also found over a half-ounce of marijuana and numerous marijuana edibles.
When police contacted Figueroa, he claimed that all of the materials found at the barbershop were for his own consumption and not for sale.
Figueroa was charged with the operation of a drug factory, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell or dispense, intent to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school.
He was held on a $50,000 cash-only bond, and he is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 24.