Darien police arrested two men for attempting to sell marijuana in the parking lot of Holmes School early Saturday, Jan. 13, following an investigation spanning several weeks.

Over the past few weeks, the Darien Police Department Detective Division and Selective Enforcement Unit developed information on illegal narcotics activity involving Darien High School students. Officers identified two suspects accused of selling high potency liquid marijuana, regular marijuana, and vaporizer pens used to smoke the liquid marijuana to Darien High School students.

These transactions were being facilitated through text messages and social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat. Officers identified the two suspects as Kason Sumpter, 19 of Norwalk and Gregory Goldstein, 19, of Wilton.

Just after midnight on Saturday, Jan. 13 an undercover officer made arrangements to meet with Sumpter to purchase narcotics. Sumpter agreed to meet in the parking lot of Holmes Elementary School and several officers including a K-9 Unit were positioned nearby to await Sumpter’s arrival.

At approximately 12:25 a..m Sumpter entered the parking lot on the south side of the school property in a black SUV. As the undercover officer approached the vehicle, he immediately recognized the front seat passenger as Sumpter, and that Sumpter had a plastic package in his left hand. The officer then reached to make the transaction, however the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Goldstein, began to drive off for an unknown reason. At that point numerous officers moved in and were able to take both subjects into custody without incident.

While searching Sumpter, officers found 4.8 grams of marijuana in a plastic baggie. While searching Goldstein, officers located a small quantity of marijuana in a plastic baggie in his front pocket. In the vehicle officers located a baggie containing 13 more grams of marijuana, several vaping devices, and vaporizer cartridges containing THC oil. The vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer belonging to Goldstein’s father, was towed from the scene.

Both Goldstein and Sumpter were taken to headquarters where they were fingerprinted, photographed, and processed for various narcotics charges. Sumpter was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempt to commit sale of marijuana. He was issued a $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23. Goldstein was charged with possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to commit sale of marijuana. He was issued a $2,500 bond and is also scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 23. During this investigation there was no evidence that the previous narcotic transactions had taken place on any school grounds in the Town of Darien.