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SWAT Team Raids Shelton Home in Heroin Sale Investigation

The following information is provided by the Shelton Police Dept. Arrests do not indicate convictions.

Shelton Police arrested a Perry Avenue resident this morning in connection to an investigation of heroin sales in the downtown area. Four children, one of which was home when a SWAT team entered, had been living there. No one was injured during the raid.

Shelton Police with the assistance of The Southwest Region 2 Special Response Team (a tactical unit comprised of Milford, Ansonia, West haven, and Orange Police Officers) along with the New Haven Police Armored Unit executed a search and seizure warrant on apartment 27B Perry Avenue, Shelton at approximately 8:45 a.m. Arrested at the scene was 29-year-old John Thompson, of the above address. Thompson was charged with:

  • Possession of Heroin
  • Possession of Heroin with intent to sell
  • Possession of Heroin within 1,500 feet of a school
  • Possession of Heroin within 1,500 feet of a school with intent to sell
  • Four counts of Risk of Injury to a Minor. 

Thompson was held on $150,000 dollar bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Derby Superior Court tomorrow.

The arrest stems from a month long investigation into heroin sales in the downtown area. Today’s search warrant was conducted after three of Thompson’s children had already gone to school. A fourth child, a two-year-old, was sleeping in a crib and removed from the scene by EMS without incident.  Police seized approximately $1,000.00 worth of heroin from the home, packaging materials, and an unspecified amount of cash.

William Gates October 25, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Seriously? A $200,000 police operation to seize $1000 worth of heroin, where is the payoff?
Jack Kaplan October 25, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Someone didn't do their homework. Small fish. Waste of resources. Sounds like it was for his personal use.
Kayleigh Apicerno October 25, 2012 at 07:39 PM
The first sentence of this article said "in connection to an investigation of heroine sales in the downtown area" (therefore not for his own use). He might very well have had 3 times that amount last week or next week. But the biggest reason why (payoff) is for the children! He has 4 minors and lives very close to a school, a library, and my youngest sister's home.
Robert Rickman October 26, 2012 at 10:56 AM
It's not about the "payoff" it's about getting creeps like that out of our city.
Diana October 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Worth every dollar...
Tactical Advantage October 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM
The payoff is the safety of his children's environment and the community as a whole. Drug dealing escalates into greed and violence as it gets bigger in sales. Be thankful. The bigger payoff maybe to flip this guy if he wants to see his kids ever again. Who's his supplier?, etc...
Susan October 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Really? I don't think our PD and an entire area task force would be involved if there wasn't good cause, and that cause is the safety of our community.
Ed Smith October 27, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The drugs and dealer will be replaced by sundown, the streets will always be flush with drugs, even in jail they are available, turn the whole country into a drug war jail and the drugs will always be there. In fact, prohibition is the worst possible policy for public health and safety because it guarantees the annual $hundreds of billions$ in drug commerce will be completely unregulated and funnel into vast organized crime cartels. So the lawmakers have made the drugs and the streets as dangerous as possible with this failed prohibition policy that only serves to escalate police powers and scapegoat druggies for the larger failings of the economic system.
Siwanoy October 27, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I won't speak to if it was neccesary to use the SWAT team or not, I don't know if the individual had a prior criminal history, or was known by police to have weapons. (It is interesting that he has no weapons charges, so it does seem like excessive force.. but then again they have to make sure they don't get hurt. That being said, the War on Drugs is a TOTAL failure. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/05/13/ap-impact-years-trillion-war-drugs-failed-meet-goals/ http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/apr/07/drugs-obama-latin-america http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-20072096.html http://www.forbes.com/sites/artcarden/2012/04/19/lets-be-blunt-its-time-to-end-the-drug-war/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/chris-christie-drugs-war-on-drugs_n_1659687.html the war on drugs costs about $500 per second, we've spend over 33 billion on it this year, with what results?
Madison Lewis November 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
we your friends that know the real John will always have love for you. everyone hating on him has they're on reason but it's not the guy it's just the drugs ppl hate. god bless u John hope u best in ur recovery along with the addicts too god bless u all

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