Police: Video shows child finding drugs man allegedly dropped in line at Subway restaurant

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EAST HAVEN, Conn. -- Connecticut police have arrested a man this week who allegedly dropped a bag of drugs – that was later discovered by a child – in a Subway restaurant.

Henry Marrero-Rodriguez, 47, was charged with risk of injury to a minor and possession of narcotics/controlled substance, police said.

On Nov. 22, 2017, police were called to the Subway after a manager said a customer turned in a bag of suspected narcotics. Police seized the sandwich bag - containing several small baggies filled with a white powder substance.

A woman told police she was ordering food with her two children when her 7-year-old son found the bag in the chip display, seemingly dropped by a previous customer. The child held the bag for a moment before handing it to his mother, but police said he never came directly in contact with the drugs or required medical attention.

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Surveillance video also showed a man and woman enter the store about 30 minutes before the drugs were found. The man, who police later identified as Marrero-Rodriguez, is seen reaching into his coat pocket to retrieve his cellphone. As the phone is removed from his pocket, a clear sandwich bag can be seen falling out and onto the chip display.  Marrero-Rodriguez and the woman leave the store without noticing the missing bag.

The seized narcotics were later tested and identified as cocaine and fentanyl. Marrero-Rodriguez was positively identified with the help of outside agencies and by the video surveillance footage.

Marrero-Rodriguez was held on a $50,000  bond and went before a judge Friday.

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