Nor­walk man charged with drug pos­ses­sion

The Norwalk Hour - - NEWS - By Pat Tom­lin­son

NOR­WALK — A man with a long list of crim­i­nal con­vic­tions is fac­ing drug charges af­ter he was seen loi­ter­ing in a spot known to po­lice as a lo­ca­tion used fre­quently by drug deal­ers.

The Nor­walk Po­lice De­part­ment’s Spe­cial Ser­vices Unit was surveilling a sec­tion of South Main Street on Thurs­day morn­ing that has seen an uptick in drug ac­tiv­ity, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

While watch­ing the area, of­fi­cers ob­served a man loi­ter­ing out­side of a gro­cery store in an area that is clearly marked with a sign say­ing “No Trespassing,” po­lice said.

“There’s a big prob­lem with nar­cotic trans­ac­tions in the area, so peo­ple are not sup­posed to be trespassing or loi­ter­ing in the area if they’re not do­ing busi­ness at the gro­cery store,” po­lice spokes­woman Sgt. Sofia Gulino said.

The man, later iden­ti­fied as An­dreas Sav­vidis, 30, of Com­stock Hill Road, Nor­walk, never en­tered the gro­cery store, and in­stead was seen con­fer­ring briefly with one in­di­vid­ual in what po­lice be­lieved to be a “drug trans­ac­tion.”

Sav­vidis then al­legedly be­gan speak­ing with a sec­ond in­di­vid­ual in what po­lice be­lieved to be an­other pos­si­ble trans­ac­tion.

As the of­fi­cers ap­proached the two, Sav­vidis and the other man “pulled their hands away from one an­other and Sav­vidis made a mo­tion as if he were try­ing to con­ceal con­tra­band in­side of his pants and un­der­wear,” Gulino said.

Po­lice said a search of Sav­vidis re­vealed a glass pipe used to smoke crack, a sin­gle pill of Zolpi­dem, a seda­tive, and a wad of cash.

Sav­vidis, who has a his­tory that in­cludes drug, crim­i­nal impersonation and lar­ceny con­vic­tions dat­ing back to 2011, was ar­rested at the scene with­out in­ci­dent and taken to po­lice head­quar­ters. He was charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, use of drug para­pher­na­lia and sim­ple tres­pass. He was held on $2,500 bond and given a court date of Oct. 18.


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