Southington police are cracking down on prescription and diverted drug sales in
the community, officials said, and the latest arrest has led to charges against
a man deemed to be disabled that had been living in the Housing Authority
complex on Academy Street.
Officers on Friday served five warrants on Brian Gardner, a resident at Lincoln
Lewis Terrace at 43 Academy Street. Gardner was arraigned in Bristol Superior
Court on five counts of sale of narcotics and five counts of sale of narcotics
within 1,500 feet of public housing.
“The arrest warrants were the result of an investigation over several months
into Gardner selling abused and diverted prescription narcotics within the town
of Southington,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Tuesday.
According to court documents, Gardner allegedly sold prescription amphetamines
in Southington at points over the past year. Court officials and police did not
provide additional information and the case remains sealed under court order as
the investigation continues.
Gardner was awarded housing previously after qualifying as being disabled by the Social Security Administration and meeting
the State of Connecticut guidelines. Staff was unable to say how long he’d been
living in public housing.
The department, after receiving information late last year and complaints of
ongoing prescription drug fraud and sales in community, entered into an
extensive investigation involving numerous individuals in Southington and
The effort is part of an ongoing series of investigations conducted through the
department’s Narcotics Enforcement Team, Dobratz said.