Meriden drug bust yields close to a pound of crack, more than a quarter million in cash, police say

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Police said they confiscated close to a pound of crack cocaine and more than $282,000 in cash this week during what they called a “substantial seizure.”

Narcotics officers also found two guns and 241 rounds of ammunition Monday, they said.

Miguel Acevedo, 38, of Union Street was arrested on charges that include criminal possession of a firearm; possession of narcotics; possession to sell and motor vehicle charges. He was released from custody after posting $250,000 bail.

The arrest is “yet another example of the exemplary police work that is being done by the members of our agency in order to help make our community a safer place to live and work,” Lt. Darrin McKay said.

Undercover officers followed Acevedo after he pulled out of a driveway at 54 South Ave. an address known for drug activity, police said. He was pulled over at North Avenue after he failed to signal.

Acevedo admitted he had two “balls,” a slang term for a small amount of illegal drugs, and he was taken into custody. Police then got a warrant to search the house at 54 South Ave. and found:

- Hefty zip lock plastic bags containing 106 smaller baggies of about 390 grams, or almost 14 ounces, of crack cocaine.

- $282,117 in cash;

- two Glocks;

- 241 rounds of ammunition.

In addition to the drug and weapons charges, Acevedo was given tickets for failure to give proper signal and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Acevedo couldn’t be reached for comment.

Christine Dempsey may be reached at cdempsey@courant.com.