Nor’easter raid nets 72-pounds of pot in North Stamford
Updated 2:55 pm, Tuesday, March 6, 2018
STAMFORD — City police seized 72 pounds of high-grade marijuana during a North Stamford drug raid that also broke up a THC vape cartridge factory.
Capt. Richard Conklin said the raid took place during the height of the nor’easter that lashed Stamford Friday evening.
The investigation, which is ongoing, led to the arrests of seven people and the estimated worth of the confiscated marijuana alone was $250,000 to $350,000, he said.
Uniformed officers and the Special Response Team (SWAT) helped officers from the Narcotics and Organized Crime squad with the search of the large home on Briar Brae because they became aware that weapons were involved in the alleged drug operation, he said.
Along with the marijuana and 200 vape cartridges, police found $6,572 in cash, as well as an illegal assault weapon called a Tech9, with a high capacity magazine. A 2007 Bentley automobile, apparently purchased with the profits of drug dealing, was also confiscated, according to Conklin.
Delroy Anderson, 51, who was renting the property, had the graphic materials and parts necessary to assemble the vape cartridges inside the home, according to Conklin.
Anderson’s criminal defense attorney Mark Sherman said the people arrested “were friends getting together for a birthday party. It is unclear at this point where this contraband was found and where it came from.”
Anderson was an honorably discharged Air Force veteran, Sherman said, and “we are going to review the police reports and move quickly toward a fair resolution.”
Stephen DeLeo, who is representing Odane Levy, 34, of Bronx, New York, said the state’s theory of the case appears to be constructive possession, requiring more than mere presence to be found guilty of possessing the marijuana or the assault weapon.
“We will have to see what is going on through the discovery process,” DeLeo said.
Levy’s birthday of Feb. 22 was the most recent birthday of any of the defendants swept up in the raid. Three of the others had birthdays earlier in February.
“This was a very large seizure and a very interesting investigation,” Conklin said. “This very large house had a lot of comings and goings while it was under surveillance.”
Anderson and Levy, along with Ricardo Dempster, 33, of Queens, New York; Mario Dudley, 48, of Norristown, Pennsylvania; Gavin Elphie, 31, of Queens, New York; Garth Tyme, 50, of Kennesaw, Georgia and Abdullah Young, 40, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, were charged with possession of an illegal assault weapon, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of more than a kilo of marijuana, operating a drug factory and sale of a controlled substance.
Conklin said many of those arrested had extensive criminal backgrounds involving drugs, weapons and other offenses.
All but Anderson were held in lieu a $250,000 cash court appearance bond. Anderson was held on a $350,000 cash bond. Judge Gary White changed the bonds to surety bonds and Anderson was released after posting a $400,000 bond.