NORWALK — An East Norwalk drug raid Wednesday morning led to the arrest of a Norwalk man an his mother on charges of narcotics possession and sales, police said.
Dennis Rodia, 44, and his mother Lilli Rodia, 67, of 1 Gregory Blvd., Norwalk, were charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, illegal possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school and possession of narcotics with intent to sell within 1,500 feet of a school.
The two are being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. If they are not released will be arraigned at state Superior Court in Norwalk Thursday.
Wednesday’s raid on the Rodia home was sparked by a chance arrest of Rodia three weeks ago when he was charged with possession of heroin.
Rodia and another man Paul Kurensky, 31, of Norwalk were in a car pulling out of the Citgo station on East Avenue in the late afternoon of Feb. 15 and almost got rear-ended by a patrol car. Because the car, driven by Kurensky, came out of the gas station and onto East Avenue so quickly into the path of the oncoming cruiser, the vehicle was pulled over.
Norwalk Police Sgt. Lisa Cotto said at the time that inside the car, the patrol officer could see a lot of money on the floorboard under Rodia’s feet and he was making movements as though trying to hide something.
The two were searched and police found heroin on both as well as more crack cocaine and oxycodone pills on Rodia, Cotto said.
The two were charged with narcotics possession with intent to sell and Rodia was released after posting $5,000 bond. Kurensky was released after posting a $50,000 bond.
The cases are pending at state Superior Court in Norwalk.