DARIEN — Two teenagers are accused of selling drugs to Darien High School students and facilitating the transactions over social media.
Over the past few weeks, the Darien Police Department’s Detective Division and Selective Enforcement Unit developed information regarding illegal narcotics activity involving numerous Darien High School students.
“Officers determined specifically that two subjects were selling high-potency liquid marijuana, regular marijuana, and vape pens used to smoke the liquid marijuana to Darien High School students. These transactions were being facilitated through text messages and social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat,” Lt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr. said in a statement.
Officers were able to identify the suspects as Kason Sumpter, 19, of San Vincenzo Place in Norwalk, and Gregory Goldstein, 19, of Church Street in Wilton.
According to Marron, just after midnight on Jan. 13, an undercover officer made arrangements to meet with Sumpter for the purposes of purchasing narcotics. Sumpter agreed to meet in the parking lot of Holmes Elementary School at 18 Hoyt St. and stated he would be in a black SUV.
Several officers including a K-9 Unit were positioned nearby to await Sumpter’s arrival.
“At approximately 12:25 a.m. a black SUV entered the parking lot on the south side of the school property. As the undercover officer approached the vehicle, he immediately recognized the front seat passenger as Sumpter,” Marron said. “As the officer reached the vehicle, he observed that Sumpter had a plastic package in his left hand. The officer then reached to make the transaction; however, the operator of the vehicle, later identified as Goldstein, began to drive off for an unknown reason. At that point numerous officers moved in and were able to take both subjects into custody without incident.”
Police said while searching Sumpter, officers found 4.8 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag.
While searching Goldstein, officers found a small quantity of marijuana in a plastic bag in his front pocket. In the vehicle officers found a bag containing 13 more grams of marijuana, several vaping devices and vape cartridges containing THC oil.
Both Goldstein and Sumpter were transported to police headquarters where they were fingerprinted, photographed, and processed for various narcotics charges.
Both 19-year-olds were each charged with possession of marijuana less than half an ounce, possession of controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia. Additionally, Sumpter was charged with attempt to commit sSale of marijuana, while Goldstein was charged with conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana.
Marron said, “during this investigation there was never any evidence that the previous narcotic transactions had taken place on any school grounds in the Town of Darien.”
The vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer belonging to Goldstein’s father, was towed from the scene.