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Police: Two Arrested After Raid Of Bridgeport Drug Factory

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez hold a press conference about a George Street drug raid.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim and Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez hold a press conference about a George Street drug raid. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bridgeport Police
Darius Gamble
Darius Gamble Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bridgeport Police
Vivian Rodriguez
Vivian Rodriguez Photo Credit: Courtesy of Bridgeport Police

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A Bridgeport man and his girlfriend were charged with operating a drug factory out of their George Street home Saturday, after a police raid recovered crack cocaine, marijuana, scales, weapons and more than $42,000 cash at the site, police said.

Members of the Tactical Narcotics Team obtained a search warrant for the home after an investigation suggested a resident, Darius Gamble, 31, was trafficking cocaine, heroin and marijuana from the home, police said.

Gamble was taken into custody when he arrived at the home with his infant child, police said. Police detained Gamble’s girlfriend, Vivian Rodriguez, 28, outside the home before the raid, according to the department’s Facebook page.

Police said officers searching the home found $42,614, 133 grams of crack cocaine,  410 grams of marijuana, assorted anabolic steroids, prescription medications, scales and assorted ammunition. Also seized were a Porsche SUV, a BMW sedan and two flat-screen televisions, police said.

Gamble and Rodriguez were each charged with possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, operating a drug factory and risk of injury to a minor, police said.

Each was held on $100,000 pending arraignment in Superior Court.

The child was transported to Bridgeport Hospital, pending the arrival of representatives from the state Department of Children and Families.

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