Hartford Investigation Yields 6 Arrests, Seizure Of Two Assault Weapons And Narcotics

A convicted felon who was the subject of a month-long investigation was arrested on Wednesday along with six other man as police, armed with a warrant Wednesday, searched a fried chicken restaurant and an apartment, police said.

Pascious Mink, 26, the subject of the g investigation, faces 18 different charges, including stealing a firearm, possession of a large-capacity magazine, sale of narcotics and operating a drug factory, according to arrest logs. He is being held in lieu of $1.25 million bail.

Minks, who has 10 previous arrests and two felony drug convictions, is a suspect of several narcotics and firearm investigations, police said.

Police used the warrant to search NY Fried Chicken at 2379 Main St., finding Minks inside and arresting him. The officers also seized MDMA, 173 oxycodone and controlled substance pills, and more than $2,300 in cash, police said.

Detectives also searched an apartment on Mary Shepard Place, where they found two assault weapons, a Mack 10 and a Bushmaster AR223, as well as .32-caliber pistol with six rounds. The AR223 may have been stolen from Putnam, and the pistol was reported stolen from Mesquite, Texas, police said.

Police also reported finding found 3 pounds of marijuana, nearly 500 controlled-substance pills, digital scales, packaging materials and about $4,300 in the apartment, police said.

As detectives searched the NY Fried Chicken, they also saw possible narcotics dealing in the driveway and began detaining the suspects, though one fled on foot with a handgun in the waistline of his pants, police said. He was caught after a brief struggled and arrested.

Andrew Simpson, 25, Andrew Harris, 24, Tyquan Diles, 19, and Shane Coletosh, 24, face various weapons and/or narcotics charges, according to arrest logs. Narcotics and a loaded 10 mm Glock semi-automatic pistol were taken from the men, police said.

Two other men driving in a vehicle believed to be involved in a shooting incident were arrested as well after officers spotted them outside the fried chicken restaurant. The men drove off, and police began a chase that ended about 2 ½ miles away, near Allen Road in Bloomfield, where the suspects fled into the woods and were caught, police said.

Chan William-Bey, 22, was charged with reckless driving, engaging police in pursuit, and other motor vehicle related charges. Paul Clark, 23, was charged with interfering with police.

In that incident, police seized a .177 caliber Daisy BB handgun, identifications and Social Security cards.

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