State Task Force Makes Drug Bust in Milford

The seizure of drugs and weapons occurred this morning.

This morning, members of the State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force South Central Office assisted by Milford Police Department executed a pre-dawn narcotics search & Seizure warrant at a residence located at 75 Carriage Path South, Milford. 

Narcotics Detectives found the suspect Thomas Brockert, 31, at the Milford residence, along with two subjects, Raymond Capozziello, 28, and Ashley Brandon, 25. 

Seized at the residence was over an ounce of cocaine, marijuana, $4,259 in cash, 5 bottles of anabolic steroids, 3 handguns (.22 cal Walther, .45 cal Sig Sauer, & 9mm Sig Sauer), scales, drug packaging materials and other items related to illegal narcotics sales.

The month-long criminal investigation concluded with the application to Superior Court for a search warrant for the residence as well as two sale of narcotics arrest warrants for the accused in this  investigation, Brockert.

Brockert was charged with numerous on-site felony narcotics violations and held on $100,000 bond. He was also charged with the two arrest warrants for sale of narcotics with court set bonds of $20,000. Accused Brockert is being held on boond and will appear in Milford Superior Court today to answer these felony charges.

Capozziello and Brandon were both issued infractions for possession of marijuana and released.

Angela Lowe August 07, 2012 at 04:07 PM
The police did their job. I am happy to see.
More dealers in town than you know! August 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree Ben, Back in the day Howie Taylor, Howie Daziel and a few select officers were there to help the problem by offering the programs, it's a shame the government has decided not to put funds aside for drug prevention. MPD does a great job for our city considering there are no linger enough of them due to all of the out of towners coming in to cause trouble @ all the new bars zoning has allowed.
MikeS August 07, 2012 at 06:59 PM
@Angela, before you criticize folks for not reading the article, you might want to go back and proof read it yourself. Unless you are privy to inside information and the article is inaccurate, the article states that 3 (THREE) handguns were recovered during the arrest, not 4. Even the photo of the evidence they secured clearly shows 3 handguns.
MikeS August 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Who's arguing? No one is contesting the danger to others represented by 3 or 4 or 400 handguns; they are all dangerous. That said, when a poster slams people for not "reading the article" and then blatantly trips on very specific aspect of the article themselves, they should be called out for it. Again, if others have inside knowledge we don't know about that renders the article factually incorrect relative to the number of guns found, then please post it. Not sure why you're taking issue with the use of the term "alleged". This is a fundamental formality in our legal system. Even the Aurora shooter is an "alleged" criminal until he has his day in court. Yes, we all know that this dealer has a 99.999% chance of getting convicted, but again, one is guilty until proven innocent in a court of law, not the court of public opinion. This entire discussion about the presence of firearms in the criminal's (does that make you feel better?) home is not really a point of debate anyhow and is just a red herring, distracting from the larger conversation concerning the prudence of the ongoing "war on drugs". Let's stop dancing around trivial details here and start focusing on the core issue. Yes, the man selling drugs in this instance is a criminal, but only because the inertia our legal system makes it so. A different construction of laws surrounding drug possession would eliminate the black market and render dealers like this obsolete. That idea should be the point of discussion.
Patrick Kelly August 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM
A lot of other issues not related to the article are coming up and I don't think we need to harp on the fact the guns and alcohol are legal but drugs like cocaine and marijuana are not. I would hazard to guess that people that use drugs for recreational purposes are not stashing enough that would be classified as "intent to sell." The use of "allegedly" stems from the fact that he has not had his day in court, even though there is enough proof to obtain a warrant after a months worth of investigation, and even in the courtroom it is that evidence and his priors that will make him "guilty." There are reasons as to why the illegal drugs are illegal. There was a time when cocaine was used in this country in many different forms, but after realizing the health issues in connection, it was branded illegal. Also the presence of firearms is a point to discuss because drugs effect the very cognitive centers of your brain that help you make rational decisions and act on those decisions. If this "alleged" criminal had reacted irrationally due to his use of drugs, then this could have been a much different story and you wouldn't have a leg to stand on. Fortunately, our well trained and committed PD took the necessary steps to take down this "criminal" before he could bring serious harm to people of the community. And, if addiction is a health issue, then shouldn't a dealer be held more accountable by enabling addicts? Shouldn't we support the MPD in its apprehension of such criminals


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