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Darien Police: Teens busted for selling fake crack

Published 1:01 pm, Monday, January 14, 2013
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Three teens are facing charges after police said they sold fake narcotics to an undercover officer on Jan. 12.

Jonathan Orellano, 18 of 53 Pine Hill Ave., Stamford was arrested on charges of misrepresentation of controlled substance; second-degree larceny; second-degree conspiracy to larceny; and interfering with an officer.

Joshua Hurley, 18, of 261 Ely Ave., Norwalk was arrested on charges of second-degree larceny; second-degree conspiracy to larceny; and interfering with an officer.

A 16-year-old male from Stamford was referred to juvenile court for charges of second-degree larceny; second-degree conspiracy to larceny; interfering with an officer; and possession of marijuana. Police are withholding his name because he is a minor.

Police said the incident occurred on Jan. 11 at 1 p.m. Based on information supplied by a confidential informant, an undercover officer arranged to purchase crack cocaine at the Darien/Stamford town line from a subject only known as "John," according to police.

The officer said he purchased four individually packaged bags which he was told contained crack cocaine.

Police later determined that the bags didn't contain narcotics, but an unknown white powdery substance.

The undercover officer sent a text message to "John" complaining about the drugs, and "John" arranged a second meeting to deliver the real drugs.

Police planned to meet with "John" at 4 p.m. on Jan. 12 the Best Buy parking lot located on Connecticut Avenue in Norwalk.

Police said Orellano entered the front passenger side of the vehicle while Hurley and the juvenile sat in the back seat. The undercover officer showed the teens $80, and Orellano grabbed the money and the three subjects fled in different directions, according to police.

Police said they were chased down by undercover officers stationed in the parking lot.

Orellano later stated that he didn't intend to sell narcotics to the undercover officer, adding that he's stolen from drug abusers in the past, police said.

Orellano posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 22. The juvenile was released to his mother and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court Jan. 15. Hurley was held in lieu of $5,000 bond and appeared in court Jan. 14.