Bridgeport police, state police task force crash gun stash house
Updated 9:02 pm, Thursday, December 7, 2017
BRIDGEPORT — Police took out a gun stash house Thursday less than half a mile from an elementary school in the city’s East End, Police Chief Armando Perez said.
Over the past three weeks, the Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force — made up of members of Connecticut State Police and Bridgeport Police Department — conducted two separate investigations as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal guns and drug sales in the city.
These two separate investigation led police to serve two search and seizure warrants, one in late-November and another on Dec. 7.
On Nov. 21, members of the task force arrested Rashaad Haynes, who turned 23 on Dec. 4.
Sgt. Jason Amato said, in a news release, there was a search warrant Haynes’ person and his family’s apartment on Golden Hill Street. The apartment is located directly across from Bridgeport Superior Court and less than a quarter of a mile from police headquarters at 300 Congress Street.
“Haynes was the target of an investigation into narcotics and weapons,” Amato said. “(He) has a history of narcotic sales.”
Prior to his arrest, the task force set up a meeting for Haynes to deliver a set quantity of narcotics. When he showed up and realized what he had walked into, Amato said a brief foot chase ensued, but he was arrested without injury.
Police charged Haynes with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, criminal possession of ammunition, two counts of obliterated firearm, operating a drug factory, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, two counts of risk of injury and interfering with an officer. He was held on a $250,000 bond.
After his arrest, police entered the residence on the search warrant and found two adults and two children, ages 1 and 4, inside. They found 3.6 grams of crack cocaine, packaging material and a scale. Police seized three illegal firearms — a .32 revolver, a .45 caliber 1911 semiautomatic and a .45 caliber HiPoint semiautomatic.
Police notified the Department of Children and Families and the children were turned over to their father.
Then on Dec. 7, the task force — with assistance from Bridgeport’s Emergency Services Unit — served a search and seizure warrant at a residence in the 70 block of Fourth Street. The location was a known gang hang out, Amato said.
On Dec. 7, the task force — with the assistance of Bridgeport’s Emergency Services Unit — served a search and seizure warrant. Once they made entry into the residence, one man, one woman and a 3-year-old child were found inside.
Police found over two pounds of marijuana, packaging material, scales, ecstasy pills, cough syrup (known as “lean”), cash and six illegal firearms. Four of those six guns, Amato said, were confirmed to have been stolen. Police also found rounds of live ammunition and extra magazines, one of which held 30 live rounds.
“Task force members refer to a house with this amount of illegal contraband as a ‘stash house’ used by gang members to hide their illegal items,” Amato said.
Though the subject of the investigation was not home at the time, police have applied for a warrant for his arrest.
Police charged Isiah Yarborough, 34, with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell withing 1,500 feet of Dunbar Elementary School and operating a drug factory. He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond.
“The task force — the work they do is fantastic,” Perez said.“This year so far, they got about 70 handguns, rifles and assorted weapons off the street.”