In response to reports of a possible heroin ring in a local neighborhood, Bridgeport, Conn., police officers raided the home of Felix Delgado.
Rather than finding a drug ring, the officers discovered two human skulls, an altar and a makeshift coffin.
In a statement, Michael Gianotti of the Bridgeport Police Department said, “They were just really shocked when they walked in there and what they found. It was just not what they expected.”
Delgado describes himself as a “high priest” of the ritualistic, sacrificial religious cult called Santeria.
Connecticut has no laws against the cult’s activities; however, in their investigation, the police found a warrant against Delgado in Worcester, Mass., for disinterring eight bodies from a cemetery.
Delgado was arrested in Connecticut, and is being held on a fugitive from justice charge; he will be extradited to stand trial in Massachusetts for grave robbery.
Doris Reese, a neighbor of Delgado’s, said in an interview, “It just looks creepy. The stuff I saw.”
Reese also noted that there were cars coming and going at “all hours of the day.” This is what prompted her and neighbors to make a complaint to the police.
Chris Martinez, Delgado’s son, says that his father has done nothing wrong, and that he is just misunderstood.
When asked by Eyewitness News if a lot of people come in and out of his father’s home, Martinez said, “To get readings and stuff, yeah. What we do, we do it for the good. We don’t do it for the bad. Other people do it for the bad and we’re getting accused of being bad.”