Police: Torrington brothers allegedly sold drugs out of a city restaurant

TORRINGTON — Two brothers were arrested for allegedly selling cocaine out of their father’s East Main Street restaurant, according to state and local police.

The brothers, Anton Prevalla and Bachi Prevalla Jr., both 21, are each charged with possession of narcotics and possession with intent to sell narcotics, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Both were arraigned at Superior Court in Litchfield on Sept. 10.

The brothers posted bond — $525,000 for Anton Prevalla, and $175,000 for Bachi Prevalla Jr., according to arrest records. Police observed the alleged drug activity at Bachi’s Restaurant at 46 East Main St., the warrant affidavit says.

The brothers are residents of Torrington. They are under house arrest and must wear a GPS monitor until their next court appearance Oct. 1, according to court records.

Bachi’s is owned by Bachi Prevalla, who recently renovated the dining area of the restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner and has a bar. On Monday afternoon, a crew of workers was replacing the front windows of the establishment while a few customers sat inside. Bachi Prevalla was not there. Reached later by phone, Bachi Prevalla said, “I am not making any comment at this time.”

Police allege in the warrant affidavit that the brothers were running “an open air drug market” out of the restaurant, meeting customers in the parking lot and the outdoor dining area for cash transactions. The brothers were using plastic packaging, commonly used for restaurant takeout orders, allegedly to distribute the drugs to their customers, police said in the affidavit.

Anton Prevalla allegedly “was distributing cocaine in greater Torrington ... And used Bachi’s as a safe haven for his organization, as it provides a constant flow of customers creating an open air drug market which operates without interruption ... He has access to the restaurant at all times because his father is the owner,” according to the warrant affidavit.

Members of the State Narcotics Taskforce Northwest and the Torrington Police Department began an undercover investigation this summer after receiving phone calls from residents complaining about alleged drug activity at Bachi’s, and tips from confidential informants, the warrant affidavit says.

In July and August, police installed several undercover police officers, including a Torrington police officer, at Bachi’s and conducted surveillance from the parking area and the street, the warrant affidavit says.

Police allegedly observed cars pulling into the parking lot or in front of the restaurant, then watched Anton Prevalla get into the cars, sit inside for a few minutes and get out again, then the car would leave, according to the warrant affidavit.

On Aug. 19, after several months of observation, an undercover officer allegedly purchased cocaine from Anton Prevalla, according to the warrant, and another officer negotiated the price of an “8-ball” or about 3.5 grams of cocaine. Some of the purchases were made on the patio around a table with the brothers, according to the warrant affidavit.