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.

Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Nice these guys get a ticket and are released. You can thank Gov. Malloy for letting criminals walk with just a ticket. A bond should be set. Nice going to all the hard working officers that helped in this raid, too bad all their hard work results in just a WPTA.
MikeS August 02, 2012 at 04:48 PM
The main suspect in the investigation is being held on $100k+ bond. What more did you want? The two other suspects were not alleged accomplices in main the criminal investigation. One can't have the book thrown at them simply for visiting or staying at the residence of a big-time criminal, which is a good thing. I'm sure they charged them as strictly as they legally could, and for marijuana possession, that doesn't amount to much. Believe me, if they had found evidence in their "month long investigation" that these two individuals were somehow involved in the suspected criminal activity, they would be sitting in a cell too.
Ben Dover August 02, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Jennifer, and everyone else who supports MPD's war on drugs, go look at the unbiased facts and use some logic. MPD's approach is not stopping drug use or sales. All they are doing js wasting our tax dollars to form new task forces. The tactics being used by our local police is questionable at best. None of them show empathy or realize addiction is a health issue not a legal one. All programs like this do is ensure the MPD gets big budgets, job security, while more and more of our kids use/abuse drugs.
Ben Dover August 02, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I was born and grew up in Milford. I remember a time when police officers had compassion with drug users. I clearly recal an incident where a well known officer, busted a highschool party andfound several illegal drugs. Instead of arresting everyone, having their names in the papers, getting an arrest record, he contacted all our parents. This officer used his discretion and due to that several of us were put in drug programs. My point there are cheap better ways to handle drug use. Especially non violent drug users. The more you arrest them the more disenfranchised they are from getting employment and seeking help. On the bright side our jails are full, convicts learn how to comit more serious crimes and almost always the time spent isn't productive. Our over populated jails are revolving doors. Don't blame Malloy, blame yourself for allowing these failed policies on drugs to continue for decades.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Maybe the other two weren't part of the main investigation, but they were staying in a residence that is obviously a drug factory, which is what I'm sure one of the charges was against the main suspect. I just think its a shame that Malloy has allowed criminals to walk around with less than 4 ounces of marijuana (basically a joint or two) and they only have to worry about getting a ticket that they can pay (with probably their own drug money). Just sayin. Laws should be stricter, not just an infraction so the state of CT. can get out of its ever growing debt. Mike S, I appreciate your input.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Ben, I certainly appreciate that there are many incidents that common criminals (drug addicts) do not need the system of incarceration but rehabiltltaion. This is a different animal, unless you have more information that I do, the men that were there possibly have extensive criminal records to thier own credit. I also know, and not disrespect to any police procedure, that if possible those that were at that home should be in jail, not rehab. They traffic and abuse those that you speak of (drug addicts) and should never be considered non-violent. The very nature of the month long investigation speaks to that. I appreciate your argument and hope you can respect mine.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
PS love the name. Its got bad joke written all over it!!LOL
arkay August 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
4 ounces is way more than a joint or two.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 06:01 PM
please forgive my ignorance
John Hanks August 02, 2012 at 06:23 PM
You're completely out of touch with reality. These morons arrested are not just drug users (if they even are drug users), they are drug DEALERS. What is wrong with a police department forming a drug task force to rid the town of drugs? When a person is arrested for being in possession of a "personal use" amount of drugs, or arrested while under the influence of drugs, they are usually offerred a name and number of a place to get help if they want it. How do you know how the if the Milford Police show empathy or not? Addiction IS a health issue, but having 3 guns, 5 grand in cash and all those drugs is a CRIMINAL issue, and the amount of drug dealers and drugs that flow through CT is an epidemic. Enough of this bullsh*t of bashing the police for enforcing the law. Get a grip. You can't FORCE someone to get help, you can only offer it.
John Hanks August 02, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Sorry, a little over 4 grand in cash.
MikeS August 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I am at least partially in agreement with Ben Dover on this one. I do appreciate the hard investigative work and inherent risk taken by the MPD in criminal apprehension, but I think the issue at hand is a matter of appropriately directing and focusing our law enforcement resources. Our police do a fine job, and it is not through their fault that the direction and legal framework they must work within is, in some ways, flawed. As reported by Milford Patch, apparently there was a major auto-theft operation going on here right under our noses! Personally, I would rather my tax dollars be put toward investigating these type of victim-oriented crimes rather than pursuing adults who are choosing to put certain types of chemicals in their bodies, PROVIDED THERE WAS NO INVOLVEMENT OF MINORS. @Jennifer, I value your outlook on this, but with all due respect, that kind of absolutist, black and white attitude toward criminalization of drug use has never and is not going to solve anything, and it's a big reason why a country like Mexico is basically in a state of bloody civil war. A blanket assumption that all people involved in illicit drug trade or use are violent criminals is simply not backed up by statistics. Any research on substance abuse is sure to show that ,statistically, drugs like alcohol or tobacco are just as physically damaging to one's health as many illegal drugs. Incidence of violence and accidental death/injury due to alcohol use DWARFS that of all other illicit drug.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM
With all due respect Mike, I am not one of those who proclaims to cure all the ills if society. I respect your viewpoint but you are on the side of the victims of these exact same men who profit from the suffering of others. Personally, my insurance pays for theft, my police department has a duty to protect and serve. Illegal drug trafficking is a crime that prays on the vunerable. I personally believe that there is room for rehab and your accusation of black and white attitude is flawed. You are a person of compassion as am I, but there is an ultimate line of law.The basic tenat of my argument is that the government in our state as it stands has passed laws that allow minor fellons to go free. Maybe you shoud educate yourself as to why Malloy passed the law. ??? He has a vested interest in allowing minor criminal offensed to be ticketed, therefore making it a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony. I do not wish for anyone to be inappropriatly incarcerated, but open your eyes, there was a drug factory here in Milford.
Dr. Gloria Marino August 02, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I just want them all to stay out of Milford.
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 07:13 PM
I am happy to encourage this debate as long as it remains based on the facts at hand. Anyone can stand on a soapbox, but the fact remains that there are people in our city that are going unchecked due to the nature of the law, therefore not allowing the police to protect us as we need. No fault of the police, fault lies in our state that has recently passed laws that allow those to escape the true crimes they commit. Check your facts and look into why Malloy has done this. just saying
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Dannel Malloy's Son Arrested After Stamford Mayor's Home Searched By Police For Second Time in 16 Months By Christopher Keating on March 4, 2009 6:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) The son of Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy was arrested Wednesday on attempted robbery charges after a report that a victim had been confronted by three armed men, Darien police said Wednesday night. The arrest came after the mayor's home in the upscale Shippan section of Stamford was searched, which marked the second time that the home on Ocean Drive East had been raided in criminal investigations involving 21-year-old Ben Malloy. The first time was in November 2007 when Ben Malloy was arrested previously on drug charges. .
Jennifer August 02, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Just checking my facts
MikeS August 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Jennifer, how do you know that this individual was "preying on the vulnerable"? Let's let all of the facts come out before jumping to conclusions. I would agree with you on this one if it turns out this man was selling drugs to children, however, if he exclusively dealt to willing adults, then I don't consider that predatory. You are also backtracking a bit from your earlier position, because you said that the suspects charged with possessing marijuana should also be jailed. Who were they preying on? Themselves? It's odd to consider some of the ironic facets of society. Many of us vehemently stress the importance of free will, individualism, and taking responsibility for one's own actions. Apparently the government has no right to tell you how many hollow tipped assault riffle rounds you can buy, but it's well within the purview of the government to tell grown adults what chemicals they can purchase and ingest in the privacy of their home. Why do people consider men like this to be predatory, but it a liquor store owner selling alcohol to a drunk, which I have seen first hand more times than I can count, "oh that's just business"? Don't mistake me for being sympathetic to the criminal here. I'm only pointing out the double standards we embrace as a culture when it comes to how we view substance use/abuse.
Angela Lowe August 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Angela Lowe August 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
For the people complaining that police "should have compassion" THESE WERE DRUG DEALERS. Did you even read the article?..this guy made money selling pot, cocaine, and steroids oh and he also had 4 hand guns. There are endless possibilities of ways that this could have turned violent. What if this was your next door neighbor, and you had two little kids at home? Would you want them there? Would you want people on cocaine and steroids (which can cause some to turn violent) coming in and out through the main door of the condo (4 units share and main entrance in this complex), while the guy selling it to them has 4 hand guns, just in case...? Should the other people in the complex have to have their safety put at risk?
Noah August 06, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Angela - There was only 1 armed drug dealer, they had a investigation and took him off the street. They were to other 2 drug users, who they ticketed because all they had was a small amount of marijuana. I trust that if either of the other two looked like the were distributing the marijuana instead of just using the police wouldn't have let them off so easily. Jennifer - I don't think the police need to protect us from people using small amounts of marijuana. Now if someone is using it in under the influence and driving, or selling it, police will not let that person just go with a ticket. I think there a enough narcotic busts in Milford, that the police are plenty busy. Also it is a jump in logic to say Malloy signed the bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana to help his son who has/had drug and other criminal issues. Not to knit pick, but when you use the term 'drug factory' it suggest the manufacturing of drugs, nothing in the article states this was the the case. It is very disturbing that this guys was selling narcotics, steroids, weed and was heavily armed. It is very good he is being dealt with.
Angela Lowe August 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Noah- I understand that there was only one drug dealer and they took him off the street. As I stated I am responding to people who did not read the article and are only commenting on the police being to harsh. Also, the other two people frequent that apartment often, so they had to have some kind of idea what was going one.
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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