Police in Hartford, like in many other places in the United States, are concerned with the heroin surging throughout their city. Thanks to several informants, law enforcement has made its first move in bringing down a drug trafficking organization suspected of grabbing major weight in New York, moving it to Connecticut in a vehicle equipped with a stash box and slinging it in Hartford. The information led the cops to, Amanda Gambardella, 26, who was a key component in the operation.
Early last year, on a tip that the heroin outfit was using storage lockers to hide boxes of cash, police searched a unit at Extra Space Storage. They found nothing. However, the next tip given months later proved more fruitful, when they learned that Gambardella worked for the crew and had been renting a locker at the same spot for several years. With the help of a drug sniffing dog and more info, police obtained a search warrant and found $795,990 in cash in her locker.
The same informant spilled that dope was being processed, stashed and bagged at Gambardella’s apartment. Police were waiting for her as she came home early on one November evening. When they went in to search, the dope was out in plain view. In total, they seized 778 grams of heroin, between 17,000 packed baggies and 200 loose grams. According to the Hartford Courant, cops also found “cutting agents, packaging material and other paraphernalia connected with a ‘large-scale heroin processing mill.'”
On Monday, Gambardella pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, claiming that everything found in the apartment was hers. She has been locked up since her arrest in November. She is facing a maximum sentence of 20 years in the bing.