PD: Guns, Drugs Kingpin Picked up on Multiple Warrants in Meriden

Police say the 26-year-old felon from Manchester kept a gun stash at a local hotel for associates to use in drive-by shootings and then return on an apparent "honor system."

Daniel Oslander of 424 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester
Daniel Oslander of 424 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester

A Manchester felon is facing a slew of charges stemming from a months-long narcotics and weapons trafficking investigation by police who say the 26-year-old kept a gun stash for associates that used them in drive-by shootings, according to reports.

On Dec. 5 at 3:20 p.m., Daniel Oslander of 424 West Middle Turnpike, Manchester, was picked up by Meriden Police on a number of outstanding warrants for serious crimes, according to the Record Journal.

According to reports, Oslander had ties to several drive-by shootings based on information obtained from an informant and, the Record Journal says, he kept drugs and a weapons stash at the Red Carpet Inn on the Berlin Turnpike. The paper says Oslander's crime contacts would borrow the guns and return them to the hotel room on a sort of "honor system."

Since September, the R-J says, Meriden police had tried unsuccessfully to apprehend Oslander after several high-speed car chases.

Oslander was arraigned Monday on an array of charges in Meriden Superior Court.

They include: breach of peace, three counts first-degree reckless endangerment, unlawful discharge, risk of injury, three counts reckless driving, three counts engaging in pursuit, two counts suspended license, unlawful restraint, second-degree larceny, possession narcotics and with intent to sell and within school zone, criminal possession of firearm, weapons in vehicle, interfering, violation probation, two counts second-degree failure to appear, two counts third-degree assault, disorderly conduct, second-degree threatening and other charges.

Two other individuals were charged during the raid.

Phillisha Garcia, 23, also of West Middle Turnpike, was picked up on risk of injury to a child, hindering prosecution, interfering, possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and drugs near a public place, and criminal liability for narcotics sale. She was released on a $75,000 bond and due back in court Dec. 19.

Nelba Diaz, 48, also of West Middle Turnpike, was arrested for risk of injury to a minor, hindering prosecution, interfering and criminal liability for narcotics sale. Diaz was released on a $25,000 bond and due back in court Dec. 19.

Oslander is a felon with at least 15 convictions for crimes from 2004 to the present day in New Britain, Meriden, Middletown and New Haven.

He's being held on a $50,000 bond and due back in Meriden court on Dec. 20. 


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