Police: Waterbury man arrested with crack cocaine, gun

A file photo of a Waterbury, Conn., police cruiser.

A file photo of a Waterbury, Conn., police cruiser.

Waterbury Police Department / Contributed Photo

WATERBURY — The Waterbury Police Department arrested a man on Cherry Street Monday after allegedly finding him with drugs and a revolver, officials said.

Officers with the department’s Vice and Intelligence Division were conducting patrols near Cherry Street around 3 p.m. Monday after recent criminal activity in the area.

While investigating, officers stopped 44-year-old Jose Canales of Waterbury, who was on foot. Police discovered Canales allegedly with 11.2 grams of crack cocaine and a Amadeo Rossi .38 special revolver firearm, the police department said.

Canales has past felony narcotics convictions, prohibiting him from owning or possessing a firearm. He was also on supervised parole at the time, police said.

Police charged Canales with two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, illegal possession in a school zone, criminal possession of a pistol or revolver, criminal possession of a firearm or ammunition and illegal sale or transfer of a pistol or revolver.

Canales was held on a $250,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, police said.

This marks the second arrest this month where a convicted felon was discovered with drugs and a firearm on Cherry Street.

Earlier this month, police proactively patrolled the same street after receiving numerous complaints of criminal activity. At the time, police allegedly found a Waterbury man, who is a convicted felon, with more than 4 grams of crack cocaine, 11 bags of heroin, drug paraphernalia and a loaded firearm.