DARIEN — A 26-year-old Darien man was taken into custody May 21 after, police said, they acted on information gathered over several weeks and interrupted an attempted drug deal in the southwest part of town.

The Darien Police Department’s Selective Enforcement Unit had been collecting information on Kevin Grant, of Shady Acres Road, and determined that he was in illegal possession of narcotics and sold heroin on one instance that occurred in October 2015, police said. In the week leading up to the arrest, police obtained a warrant for Grant charging him with sale and possession of narcotics.

Just after 7 p.m. the night of the arrest, police said they observed a vehicle operated by Grant arriving at the location where they had concluded the transaction would take place. According to a police report, officers pulled Grant over and quickly took him into custody. The report goes on to say, “Grant suffered minor injuries during his arrest and was later treated and released by Darien EMS Post 53.”

Three bags of suspected narcotics were recovered during the incident. Grant’s vehicle was searched with help from Norwalk Police Department’s canine “Maverick” before being towed. Grant was taken to police headquarters and charged with one count possession of narcotics and two counts sale of narcotics.

His bond was set at $250,000.

Heroin is an ongoing problem in the region. Three days earlier, Tyler Pennetti, 26, of New Canaan, was charged with possession of narcotics (heroin) and possession of a controlled substance (Xanax), among other charges, after failing to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Ponus Ridge and Frogtown roads.

According to a recent report in The Economist, “overdoses from heroin, prescription drugs, and opioid painkillers have overtaken car accidents to become the leading cause of injury-related deaths in America.”

First Selectman Jayme Stevenson has stated that opioid abuse “is a significant public health crisis here in Darien.”

justin.papp@scni.com; dariennewsonline.com