City Cops Give Barbershop Owner A Haircut–Clip Heroin And Cash

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Cash seized by police.

The city’s Tactical Narcotics team seized nearly $48,000 worth of heroin and $25,000 in cash Wednesday from a barbershop owner, according to Bridgeport Police spokesman Bill Kaempffer.

Police accuse Irvin Villegas, owner of the Looking Image barbershop, of selling large quantities of narcotics from his shop on East Main Street and his home on Linen Street.

“He was a big-time dealer in the area,” said Capt. AJ Perez, the head of the narcotics and vice unit.

The large seizure was the culmination of months of work and intelligence gathering by narcotics officers, according to Police Chief Joe Gaudett.

Investigators also determined Villegas drove a 2005 Infiniti sport utility vehicle and was a felon with robbery and weapons convictions.

On Wednesday, just after 4 p.m., investigators pulled him over, triggering a series of events that led to the large seizure, according to Kaempffer.

When they stopped the Infiniti, police saw Villegas, 35, put an object in his center console and slam it shut. Concerned that it could be a weapon, police removed Villegas and his two passengers from the car. From the console, police recovered 150 glassine folds of heroin.

Police then contacted the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the investigation led them to Villegas’ house. Police seized 226 bundles of heroin, each containing 10 glassine folds, cocaine, $25,000 and drug paraphernalia and bank records. A glassine fold of heroin can bring up to $20 on the street.

Villegas and his passengers Bengy Pagan, 32, and Karisma Dejesus, 35, all were charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession with intent to sell within 1500 feet of a school.



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