Bristol man charged in DEA investigation to be offered plea deal

Published on Friday, 13 September 2019 19:03
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL - A Bristol man charged in a DEA-related investigation, during which his home was raided, is expected to be offered a plea bargain.

Nicholas Wentland, 30, of 272 Terryville Ave., was witnessed twice by DEA members selling cocaine, according to a search warrant in his case. He became the subject of surveillance by members of a DEA task force for months following a tip in February that he was involved in narcotics trafficking, according to the document.

On Tuesday in New Britain Superior Court, Wentland was told by prosecutors he would be offered a new plea bargain before his next court date on Oct. 15. Prosecutors withdrew an offer that was previously extended when the case was being heard in Bristol Superior Court, which has since closed.

During a previous hearing, Wentland’s attorney, Matthew Dyer, said his client had conceded that he would likely have to serve prison time. Prosecutors on Tuesday did not give any hint as to what would be entailed in the new plea bargain.

Wentland faces charges of possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine and two counts of violation of probation.

According to the nine-page affidavit in the case, investigators were told Wentland was moving “large quantities of narcotics, specifically cocaine….” Further, the warrant said, DEA members believe he often asks drug buyers to meet him at the Valero gas station on Pine Street for cocaine transactions.

During surveillance on Wentland in March and April, investigators on one occasion witnessed what they believe was a drug deal at an undisclosed location and, on another occasion, saw a suspected narcotics deal at Wentland’s home.

He was arrested on April 17 following a search of his home.

Investigators seized one bag of cocaine, containing a little more than 29 grams, another bag with 2.7 grams inside and third bag with one gram of cocaine inside, court documents said. DEA members also seized materials commonly used to package drugs, including whole and ripped sandwich bags, a rubber glove and a digital scale, court papers said. A cell phone was also taken by authorities.

Wentland posted $200,000 bond following the raid. He was later charged with violating his probation. He is serving the probation for 2016 convictions of first-degree stalking, second-degree threatening and second-degree violation of conditions of release.

According to the probation violation warrants, in addition to being arrested by the DEA in April, Wentland also tested positive for Oxycodone and, despite having a medical marijuana card, admitted to buying marijuana illegally and not through a dispensary. He posted $20,000 bond after the probation arrest.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Friday, 13 September 2019 19:03. Updated: Friday, 13 September 2019 19:05.