Norwalk man charged with drug possession
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.