FAIRFIELD - A 24-year-old Fairfield man has been arrested after 16 pounds of marijuana, packaging material and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency were found in a Fairfield motel.
On Feb. 12, Tajh Wiley was taken into custody in the parking lot of 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff for second-degree forgery, illegal use of payment card, two counts of third-degree identity theft and fifth-degree larceny.
In October 2019, the Fairfield Police Department began receiving reports from concerned citizens along with anonymous tips that led to an extensive two-month long investigation, culminating in the arrest of Wiley.
During the months of October and November 2019, detectives identified Wiley as being part of a criminal organization involved in illegal activities including, but not limited to, identity theft, credit card fraud and narcotics distribution, Capt. Robert Kalamaras said in a release.
“Additional information was obtained and corroborated during this investigation which gave Detectives reason to believe Wiley was supplying and distributing marijuana and elicit narcotics and that he had co-conspirators distributing narcotics for him.”
A Superior Court Judge was presented with the finds of this investigation and, as a result, found probable cause to believe that Wiley was in violation of forgery, ID theft, illegal use of credit card and larceny. An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest with a court set bond of $20,000.
“Evidence gathered during the arrest led to information that a narcotics distribution site was possibly located in a nearby motel,” Kalamaras said.
Detectives applied for a search and seizure warrant, which was granted by a judge, for the motel room.
“This led to the discovery of 16 pounds of marijuana, packaging material and an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency.”
Wiley was additionally charged with sale of one kilogram or more of cannabis and held on $75,000 bond, which was later reduced to $10,000 by the bail commissioner while Wiley was in custody.
Wiley posted his bonds and was released from police custody.
“Shortly after, it was reported that Wiley made threats toward witnesses involved in the criminal investigation,” Kalamaras said.
An additional arrest warrant was then applied for and granted, seeking to charge Wiley for threatening and intimidating a witness.
On Wednesday, Wiley was scheduled to appear in court for previous charges of identity theft and fraud from late last year.
During his court appearance, he was arrested on the second arrest warrant and charged with second-degree threatening and intimidating a witness. Wiley is being held on a court set $100,000 bond.