Questioning of Reggae Artist Led Police to 300 Pounds of Marijuana

When Denroy Morgan blew through a stop sign in the Bronx on Wednesday, he began a chain of events that ended with the arrest of two people and the discovery of a stash of shrink-wrapped bales of more than 300 pounds of marijuana.

Police officers say they pulled Mr. Denroy over for running the stop sign at around 4 p.m. Mr. Denroy, a former reggae star, was also charged with not wearing a seat belt.

There was also the matter of the pungent aroma of marijuana seeping out of the car.

The officers, detectives from the New York City Police Department’s Narcotics Borough Manhattan Tactical Response Team, were in the area on another investigation. They said they questioned Mr. Denroy, who indicated there was marijuana in the trunk. Two bags totaling 25 pounds were discovered.

Further investigation led the officers to 1122 Taylor Avenue, a two-story brick building in the Bronx. There, Wayne Swavy, 46, was seen exiting the building, the police say, with what may have been still more bundles of marijuana under his arm. Mr. Swavy got into a car, and he too was pulled over and charged with not wearing a seat belt.

He was also charged with criminal possession of the 16 pounds of marijuana he was found to be carrying.

A search warrant and an investigation of the house Mr. Swavy exited on Taylor Avenue later revealed 310 pounds of the drug, in bales and bags. The street value of the total 351-pound stash, which varies depending upon the drug’s potency, is estimated to have been between $140,000 to $350,000, the police said.

via : The New York Times

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