PORTLAND — Two Wallingford men were among more than two dozen people charged in connection with a police raid on a motorcycle club last week.
Victor Rook, 38, of Wallingford, has been arrested and charged with possession with intent to sell more than one kilogram of cannabis and possession with intent to sell hallucinogens.
David Burt, 31, of Wallingford, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell.
A total of 23 other people were charged in connection with the June 15 raid, including residents of Massachusetts, Florida and other cities in the state. The charges included possession with intent to sell hallucinogens, unlawful sale of a controlled substance and possession of an unlicensed gun.
On June 15 at approximately 7:40 p.m., members of the State Police Special Investigations, Emergency Services Unit Tactical Team, Major Crime Teams East and West and Portland police served a search warrant at the clubhouse of the Ruthless 4 Life Outlaw motorcycle gang, 115 Airline Ave. , Portland. Police began investigating a few months ago after receiving public complaints of large gatherings with open drug and alcohol use, a statement said. The gatherings were causing significant quality of life issues, including an impact on a Little League baseball field adjacent to the area, police said.
The activity has sometimes led to the cancellation of matches and practices due to illegal activities in the area of the pitch, police said. Police determined that the motorcycle gang used the clubhouse to sell controlled substances and that dealers, some from out of state, would rent space in the clubhouse to sell large amounts of controlled substances. , police said. Events happened every week.
Police served the search warrant as one of the events was unfolding. About 90 people were inside and officers were able to detain everyone safely without incident.
Police found a total of 118 pounds of marijuana, 8.5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, several thousand grams of THC products, several thousand hallucinogens, approximately $51,470 in cash and two illegally held firearms .
Most of those charged have been released. No bail or court date information was immediately available. The mandate is sealed.
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