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Darien Officers Awarded For Helping To Break Up Heroin Ring

GS Brian Malagrida, DEA and Det. Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron, Darien Police Dept.
GS Brian Malagrida, DEA and Det. Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron, Darien Police Dept. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- Two members of the Darien Police Department received awards from the Drug Enforcement Administration for their work on an investigation into heroin overdoses that resulted in 13 arrests and the seizure of large quantities of drugs and guns.

GS Brian Malagrida of the DEA Bridgeport Residence Office awarded the Certificate of Appreciation to Det. Sgt. Jeremiah P. Marron and Officer Michael J. Cummings on Tuesday in recognition of their contributions to the success of the investigation. They were designated as case specific deputized officers who contributed greatly to the overall success of the operation.

In early October 2015 the DEA Bridgeport Residence Office, in conjunction with police departments from Darien, Norwalk, Stamford and Trumbull, launched an investigation into several heroin overdoses that had occurred in those towns within a week of each other. These incidents included four fatal overdoses.

The DEA began coordinating with members from the narcotics units in each of the departments, and a multi-departmental task force was established. Members of the Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Trumbull Police Departments began gathering intelligence and connecting information from department to department. After a short period of time, they were able to identify a network of suppliers distributing heroin from Bridgeport to Stamford and the greater Fairfield County area.

After three months of an intensive and exhaustive investigation monitoring Title III cell phone intercepts, the departments were able to arrest 13 people and seize over $215,000 in total assets, including six firearms, two vehicles, and drug seizures of over one kilogram of heroin and four kilograms of cocaine.

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