BRISTOL - A Pine Street man found with nearly 200 grams of cocaine in his apartment - where a child resides - was denied a request to have his bond reduced on Friday and is seeking another avenue to avoid further time behind bars.
Jean Carlos Moreno, 28, of 818 Pine St., allegedly took responsibility for all the drugs found when Bristol police and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration raided the unit on Jan. 14, according to the police report. He has been held on $100,000 bond since his arrest.
On Friday, in Bristol Superior Court, Moreno’s attorney, Matthew Dyer, asked that his client’s bond be reduced to $50,000, suggesting that his family could afford to bond him out had the reduction been granted. Dyer said his client has struggled with drugs recently, which can be attributed to some of his prior arrests.
State prosecutor Elizabeth Moseley objected to Moreno’s bond being reduced, citing the amount of drugs found in the case and his record - which consists of convictions for charges of second-degree robbery, attempted third-degree larceny, resisting arrest, third-degree forgery and reckless driving. Moseley also said nothing has changed since Moreno’s arraignment that would warrant his bond being lowered, other than him wanting to get out of jail “just like everyone else.”
Judge John Cronan refused to reduce Moreno’s bond, but he agreed to make a jail re-interview (JRI) referral - which could allow for Moreno to avoid further jail time by seeking drug treatment. Cronan made the referral with “no promises” as to whether he would allow for Moreno’s release at a future court date.
Authorities during the raid reported finding a large, clear bag filled with 188 grams of cocaine inside Moreno’s apartment. The bag was in a dresser found in the bedroom Moreno shares with another resident. Inside the apartment, authorities also found bags of marijuana, totaling 14 grams, a small pouch with two grams of cocaine inside, a digital scale with cocaine residue on it, a cell phone and bags of marijuana edibles labeled “weedy pebbles” and “gummy” edibles, police wrote in the report.
Police contacted the state’s Department of Children and Families following the raid, as a child lives in the apartment and had access to “candy like edibles,” according to the report. The child was not home when the apartment was searched.
Shortly after authorities entered the apartment, Moreno, without being prompted, said anything illegal found in the apartment belonged to him, as two other residents were in the unit at the time, the report said.
Moreno faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in a prohibited place, possession of a controlled substance and possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.