Drug-laced brownie bites: Police say alleged drug dealer targeted children
BRIDGEPORT — Police said a local man was allegedly selling large amounts of drugs on Connecticut Avenue specifically targeting children.
Jonathan Dominguez, 32, was arrested Wednesday following a raid of his home by members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force and state police gang task force.
Inside Dominguez’s Connecticut Avenue apartment police said they found hundreds of packages of THC-laced gummy rings, chocolate bars, Rice Krispy treats and brownie bites.
Police said they also found four pounds of marijuana, 22 marijuana-filled cigars, 24,000 milligrams of THC syrup, 38 ecstasy pills marked Donkey Kong and 95 Xanax pills along with $30,000 in cash.
Dominguez had a loaded 40-caliber handgun in his waistband and police said they found another loaded handgun along with high-capacity bullet magazines.
Dominguez was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of hallucinogens and gun charges.
Police said Dominguez admitted he had been selling drugs on Connecticut Avenue for nearly three years.
“I do it to survive, I have no other option or I’ll be in the streets,” police said Dominguez told them.
“I find it troubling and dangerous that a large number of the items were labeled in a way to be attractive to young people,” Superior Court Judge Tracy Lee Dayton said during Dominguez’s arraignment on Thursday morning.
She ordered him held in lieu of $300,000 bond.
Police said when they asked Dominguez why he had the weapons, he responded, “People follow me so I have to have a firearm because if not, someone will come shoot me and I’ll die.”