ALTON — Police arrested Stephen Simpson, 20, of 9 Depot St. Apt 1 and charged him with two counts of sales of a controlled drug (marijuana) and two counts of possession of controlled drugs (marijuana) with the intent to distribute on July 2.
Simpson's arrest, said Chief Ryan Heath, came on the heels of a year-long investigation that was triggered by several tips that young people had allegedly been buying marijuana from him.
Heath said police started watching the house and noticed several people entering and exiting but only staying a few minutes each time. During that period, he said Sgt. Dennis Orbino developed informants and arranged for two separate drug transactions after which police were able to get a warrant to search the apartment.
Police allegedly found a large quantity of marijuana in a glass jar and other individually wrapped baggies of marijuana. They also seized a scale, packaging material and other evidence relative to drug sales.
Heath said Simpson was allegedly selling drugs only a short distance from the Alton Central School and was located in the center of town. Calling marijuana a "gateway drug", Heath said he was pleased to have shut down Simpson's alleged operation.
He said the investigation is ongoing as to who else was involved. Anyone with any information on this case or any other drug activity in Alton is asked to call the Alton Police at 875-0757.