STAMFORD, Conn. -- A man who used the Stamford apartment he shared with his 88-year-old grandmother as the base of operations for his drug business was busted with 14 pounds of synthetic marijuana along with other drugs last week, police said.
The case began when narcotics officers saw two men walking toward one another as they both spoke on their cellphones at about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday on East Main Street, said Capt. Richard Conklin head of the Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad.
One man was a known drug user, while the second man, Jamie Vadeboncoeur, 28, has been arrested twice before in Stamford, Conklin said. Suspicious that they were witnessing the opening act in a drug deal, officers approached the men, he said.
Officers asked Vadeboncoeur whether he had any narcotics, Conklin said. When he didn’t answer, something “piqued” the officers’ interest, Conklin said. They could also smell marijuana on him, he said.
The officers searched Vadeboncoeur’s backpack and discovered a lock box with $218 in cash and four plastic bags each with about $10 in marijuana, Conklin said.
He gave consent for his apartment at 30 Courtland Ave., Apt. 2, to be searched, Conklin said.
Police said they discovered 14 pounds of synthetic marijuana in a large box, a total of 8.6 ounces of marijuana in separate plastic bags, 12.4 ounces of lidocaine and 11.7 ounces of the synthetic drug “Molly.”
Police said they also found a scale and boxes of plastic bags they believe are used for packaging materials.
“He was running quite a viable business there,” Conklin said about the various drugs, including the 14 pounds of synthetic marijuana that police have yet to put a price tag on.
"That's more synthetic marijuana than we've seen in quite some time," Conklin said. “It's difficult to put a price on it, but it’s into the thousands for sure."
The "Molly" is also worth thousands of dollars, Conklin said.
Police seized a total of $861 in cash.
Vadeboncoeur was charged with possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and operating a drug factory and two counts each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of a hallucinogenic and possession of a hallucinogenic with intent to sell.
Bond was set at $10,000 and he was given a court date of July 29.