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Southington Man Charged in Connection with Illegal Prescription Drug Sales

Police said an investigation revealed that between late 2013 and early 2014, 34-year-old Michael Henderson had been collecting and selling prescription pain killers in Southington.

Michael Henderson, of Southington. (Credit: Jason Vallee)
Michael Henderson, of Southington. (Credit: Jason Vallee)
A traffic stop conducted as part of a police investigation into drugs sales in Southington has lead to a slew of trouble for one local man that police said has been involved in the sale of prescription pain killers in Southington over the past several months.

Officers last week took 34-year-old Michael Henderson into custody after detectives with the Southington Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit recognized him and that he was wanted on various sale of narcotic warrants.

When officers approached his car, however, Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said in a press release that officers discovered additional pain killers in his possession, along with other paraphernalia to indicate that he may have been dealing the drugs.

“Henderson was located operating his vehicle in the area of 2211 Meriden Waterbury Turnpike,” he said. “During the arrest of Henderson, more prescription narcotics were located.”

Henderson, of 956 Mt. Vernon Road in Southington, is facing charges including four counts of sale of narcotics, possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with the intent to sell and illegal narcotics.

Police said the entire investigation began “in late 2013” after members of the narcotics enforcement team received information about various drug exchanges involving Henderson. As a result of the investigation, four warrants were obtained for each of the sale of narcotics charges.

Further details of the arrest, including the amounts and types of prescription painkillers, were not immediately available Monday. Henderson was held in lieu of $750,000 in bonds last week but released after the bond was lowered and he was released, court officials said.

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