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Seven-Time Fairfield County Felon Nabbed With Fentanyl Hours After Leaving Jail, Police Say

Sylvester Edward
Sylvester Edward Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

A Fairfield County man wanted by several police departments for a number of crimes including taking police on a high-speed pursuit was allegedly busted with 58 bags of pure fentanyl.

Sylvester Edward, aka "GUMZY," age 31, of Norwalk, was arrested on Thursday, April 1, by Norwalk Police after taking officers on a high-speed pursuit and just hours after bonding out of jail on drug charges, said Norwalk Police Sgt. Sofia Gulino.

Edward was first arrested on March 30, when he found to be in possession of 58 bags of pure fentanyl, several bags of crack cocaine, and marijuana, Gulino said.

Norwalk Police Department Special Service Investigators, along with the Bridgeport Police Department, immediately sought and executed a search and seizure warrant at 756 Hancock Avenue Apartment #1, Bridgeport. 

This was a rented apartment used solely for Edward’s criminal enterprise, she said 

Located and seized from this apartment were the following:

  • 235 folds of pure Fentanyl
  • One loose bag of pure Fentanyl 36.6 grams
  • Loose crack cocaine
  • One blender
  • Three different fentanyl cutting agents (to mix into the fentanyl),
  • Packaging material to package fentanyl for street sale
  • 40 various brands of marijuana edibles
  • Loose prescription pills
  • Two laptops, one desktop computer, and a printer
  • Equipment used to reproduce fraudulent credit cards and make fraudulent checks
  • Numerous fake IDS with Edwards’s picture on it were also recovered

Edward was arrested for charges pertaining to the seizure, and given a $350,000 bond. 

After bonding himself out, on both the narcotics case and the $100,000 bond for the pursuit case, Edward was turned over to Connecticut State Police for another warrant. 

This warrant, for $25,000 was the result of a separate incident where Edward engaged Connecticut State Police in another motor vehicle pursuit, where he fled the vehicle, resisted arrest, was tasered, and fled again.

Lieutenant Marc Lepore, the Commanding Officer of Norwalk Police Department’s Special Services Division remarked: “This is likely the largest amount of pure fentanyl that we have ever seized”.

Edwards is a seven-time convicted felon with 20 previous arrests dating back to 2007. One of these convictions is for escape from law enforcement, Gulino said.

Edwards now has 12 pending cases and is currently out on $930,000 in bond. 

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are expected.

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