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A local woman who owns restaurants in Noank and New London is facing federal drug and money laundering charges following a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into an alleged drug trafficking operation in Connecticut.

Officials on Thursday charged Pawcatuck resident Amy Sarcia, 49, with distribution of narcotics, use of a telephone to facilitate trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to court documents available online, Sarcia appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven alongside New London resident and co-defendant Jackie Hernandez, 41, who was charged with the same offenses.

Others have also been charged, documents said.

Details regarding the arrest were sealed by court order, according to records. A motion was granted to have a hearing Monday on the matter unseal the affidavit or renew the order for documents to remain sealed.

Sarcia is the owner of No Anchor Fine Food & Provisions in Noank, which opened in last year at the former site of Sherman’s Market in Groton, and 2Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London.

Neither Sarcia nor Hernandez entered a plea during their initial appearance, records show. Sarcia was later released on a promise to appear for a hearing in March, according to documents.

Hernandez, who was also charged through Connecticut State Police with cocaine possession in December, was ordered to serve house arrest pending the outcome of a hearing scheduled for Monday. She was charged following a traffic stop along Interstate 95 in Old Lyme, according to state judicial records. She was released after posting a $75,000 bond in that case and is due back in court in March.

Sarcia could not be reached for comment Saturday night. In a public message posted on social media, she expressed gratitude for support from friends and family.

“Thank you so much to everyone for their love and support,” Sarcia wrote on her Facebook page. “Those of you who know me know that there is no way that I am guilty of what I’m being charged with. In the end everyone will know.”

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

By Jason ValleeSun staff writerA local woman who owns restaurants in Noank and New London is facing federal drug and money laundering charges following a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into an alleged drug trafficking operation in Connecticut.Officials on Thursday charged Pawcatuck resident Amy Sarcia, 49, with distribution of narcotics, use of a telephone to facilitate trafficking, money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. According to court documents available online, Sarcia appeared in U.S. District Court in New Haven alongside New London resident and co-defendant Jackie Hernandez, 41, who was charged with the same offenses.Others have also been charged, documents said. Details regarding the arrest were sealed by court order, according to records. A motion was granted to have a hearing Monday on the matter unseal the affidavit or renew the order for documents to remain sealed. Sarcia is the owner of No Anchor Fine Food & Provisions in Noank, which opened in last year at the former site of Sherman’s Market in Groton, and 2Wives Brick Oven Pizza in New London.Neither Sarcia nor Hernandez entered a plea during their initial appearance, records show. Sarcia was later released on a promise to appear for a hearing in March, according to documents. Hernandez, who was also charged through Connecticut State Police with cocaine possession in December, was ordered to serve house arrest pending the outcome of a hearing scheduled for Monday. She was charged following a traffic stop along Interstate 95 in Old Lyme, according to state judicial records. She was released after posting a $75,000 bond in that case and is due back in court in March.Sarcia could not be reached for comment Saturday night. In a public message posted on social media, she expressed gratitude for support from friends and family.“Thank you so much to everyone for their love and support,” Sarcia wrote on her Facebook page. “Those of you who know me know that there is no way that I am guilty of what I’m being charged with. In the end everyone will know.”jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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