California marijuana grower turns over $70K Bentley in Stamford plea deal

January 14, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — A California marijuana grower caught manufacturing 72 pounds of pot in a North Stamford home last year will avoid jail, but he won’t be driving his $70,000 Bentley home.

Delroy Anderson, 51, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced felony charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. Anderson was sentenced to seven years probation and ordered to pay a $15,000 fine and surrender his 2007 Bentley Continental, which police say was purchased with proceeds from the drug operation.

“Growing may be legal in California, but it is not legal here,” Judge Gary White told Anderson during Monday’s court hearing.

Anderson’s attorney, Darnell Crosland, said the plea agreement was “fair and equitable under the circumstances.”

“The medicinal purposes of marijuana are quite clear. States across the country are moving toward legalizing marijuana and Mr. Anderson is an outstanding citizen and has complied with all the growing regulations in California, and once it comes to Connecticut, he plans to grow that way,” Crosland said.

Two other men arrested with Anderson during the March raid also avoided more jail time.

Kyle Robert Levy, 30, of Bronx, N.Y., was allowed to participate in a court diversionary program for first-time offenders. He was charged with possession of an illegal assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity magazine, possession of more than a kilo of marijuana, operating a drug factory and sale of a controlled substance. Levy spent 10 months in jail in lieu of bond.

Ricardo Dempster, 34, of Queens, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and was given a suspended sentence with two years probation. Dempster faced the same charges as Levy and has also been jailed since his arrest.

The men were arrested during the height of a nor’easter last March when police said they were informed of the drug operation at a Briar Brae Road home that Anderson was renting.

Police found the marijuana, 200 THC vape cartridges, $6,572 in cash, and a Tech9 illegal assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine. The 2007 Bentley was also confiscated during the raid.

Police said Anderson had the graphic materials and parts needed to assemble the vape cartridges inside the home.