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Connecticut man accused of running a drug factory out of a barbershop

November 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Connecticut man accused of running a drug factory out of a barbershop

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A business owner in Norwalk, Connecticut is being charged with operating a drug factory out of his barbershop.

Joel Figueroa, 32, who owns Joel’s Barber Shop faces numerous drug charges after authorities responded to reports of a commercial burglary and instead noticed signs of a drug operation.

Norwalk officers were dispatched to reports of an overnight commercial burglary on Friday morning.

When authorities arrived, they discovered the door to Joel’s Barber Lounge open. While looking for suspects inside, officers said they didn’t find evidence of any break-in. However, they said noticed evidence of drug activity, TheHour.com reported.

Police reports indicated that detectives noticed a table in a back room full of drug paraphernalia.

Since the police had arrived on suspicion of a break-in, investigators left the barbershop, applied for a search warrant and later re-entered to search the premises after the warrant was granted.

Inside, authorities discovered paraphernalia ranging from a digital scale, rolling papers and a smoking bowl to materials used to produce butane hash oil. Officers also noted that they found more than a half-ounce of marijuana and numerous marijuana edibles.

When police notified Figueroa, he alleged that all of the materials found at the barbershop were for his private consumption and not for distribution.

The man was charged with operating of a drug factory, possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, possessing narcotics with the intention to sell, intent to sell a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school.

He remains in custody on a $50,000 cash-only bond, and he is set to make a court appearance on November 24th.

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