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Police: Guns, Cash, Thousands of Pills Seized In Bridgeport

Some of the drugs and guns seized in a raid at 28 Bell Street in Bridgeport.
Some of the drugs and guns seized in a raid at 28 Bell Street in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Bridgeport Police Department

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Thousands of pills, guns and money were seized during a raid of a Bridgeport home on Wednesday by a joint task operation with Bridgeport Police and the Connecticut State Police Narcotics Task Force, police said.

According to Bridgeport Police Chief Armando “AJ” Perez, the raid resulted in the arrest of one Bridgeport woman on charges of illegal sales of prescription drugs and in the seizure of significant quantities of firearms and prescription drugs ready for sale on the illegal black market.

Acting on a tip, state police – with the assistance of the Bridgeport Police Department’s SWAT team – arrested Miriam Cotto Almourtada, 49, in the early morning hours after executing a search warrant at her Bell Street home, police said.

The search of the residence resulted in the seizure of over 1,000 pills of various types, five semi-automatic handguns, two revolvers, three long rifles, numerous rounds of ammunition, and $523 in cash, police said.

Almourtada was arrested and transported to State Police Troop G in Bridgeport, where she was charged with two counts of sale of a controlled substance, sale of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, and failure to keep prescriptions in proper containers.

“This joint action by the Connecticut State Police and our officers sends a strong message to anyone running illegal drug sales and trafficking guns in Bridgeport: we are coming for you,” said Perez. “We have had several successful operations with our state partners and we are keeping the pressure on the illicit drug and gun trade. We continue to get good cooperation from the community, which results in good information that can lead to getting rid of these bad actors and the harm they bring our neighborhoods. Through this action we have disrupted more sales of addictive prescription drugs, and taken away more guns that could be used to hurt people in Bridgeport. We clearly have more work to do, and we intend to do it.”

Almourtada was released shortly after her arrest on a $100,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear for arraignment at Bridgeport Superior Court on July 27. In addition, the Department of Children and Families was contacted for one child in her custody.

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