8 Arrested in School Zone Drug Bust

David Johnston
David Johnston

On Dec. 21, members of Old Saybrook Police Department, including its K-9 Zeus, executed a search and seizure warrant at 96 Old Boston Post Road. The execution of the warrant culminates a multi-month investigation. The residence is two houses from the Goodwin Elementary School.

Some of the items seized include a pistol, more than a quarter pound of marijuana, cocaine, multiple prescription drugs, numerous cell phones, cash, and other drug paraphernalia.

Eight people were arrested including residents of the house and others present.

Jesse Johnston, age 47 of 96 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, and risk of injury to a minor. Johnston was held on a $50,000 bond. Johnston is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m.

David Johnston, age 20 of 96 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of narcotic, paraphernalia, and risk of injury to a minor. David Johnston is being held on a $50,000 bond. Johnston is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 24 at 9 a.m.

Christian Simone, age 20 of 96 Old Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school. Simone released on a $25,000 bond. Simone is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9 a.m..

Michael VanMeter, age 26 of 55 Falls Landing Road, Deep River, was charged with possession of marijuana paraphernalia, possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school. VanMeter was released on a $15,000 bond. VanMeter is scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Jan. 8, 2013 at 9 a.m.

Richard J Lapollo, age 41 of 12 Oak Hill Road, Oakdale, was issued an infraction for possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

A 17 year old juvenile was charged with operating a drug factory, possession of more than one-half ounce of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of a school, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia. The 17 year old was processed and released to a parent/guardian on a promise to appear.

A second 17 year old juvenile was charged with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, processed, and released to a parent/guardian on a promise to appear.

A 15 year old juvenile was charged with possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, processed, and released to a parent/guardian on a promise to appear.

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