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[Updated] Suffield Man Charged for Alleged Part in Vernon Drug Activity

He was taken into custody after arriving from Korea.

Updated Jan. 19, 5:50 p.m.

A Suffield man is facing a variety of drug-related charges after his extradition to Vernon on Thursday, police said.

Bong Ahn, 29, was brought to Vernon from New York City and booked at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, police said. He lives at 179 Coho Lane, Suffield, according to an arrest report.

Ahn's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation into illegal drug acquisition ring that was operating locally in 2009 into 2010, police said. Police said it is the final arrest in the case.

His charges take up a page-and-a-half on the Vernon Police Department's arrest log, issued Friday.

An arrest report specifies three separate sets of charges. They include:

• Conspiracy to possess narcotics.
• Conspiracy for the sale of certain drugs.
• Conspiracy to obtain controlled drugs by fraud.
• Conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery.
• Second-degree forgery.
• Obtaining controlled drugs by fraud.
• Possession of narcotics.
• Sale/possession of certain illegal drugs.

The bond for each set is $15,000, an arrest report indicates.

Vernon police spokesman Lt. William Meier said Vernon detectives were contacted last week by U.S. Customs officials who said Ahn was expected to arrive in New York on a flight from Korea. Vernon police had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, Meier said.

Ahn was taken into custody by Port Authority police and Customs officials on Jan. 10 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was held in Queens while his extradition was being processed, Meier said.

Ahn was unable to post his bond and he was arraigned at Rockville
Superior Court. He is currently being held at the Hartford Correctional Center, police said.

Police said the investigation began back in September of 2009 when the Vernon
officer assigned to the East Central Narcotics Task Force learned that a group was passing fake prescriptions at numerous pharmacies throughout Connecticut.

The task force was successful in developing an undercover case, which resulted
in several of the people in the group selling the highly abused and highly
addictive Roxicodone pills to an undercover police officer, according to a news release issues Saturday. The task force case officer investigating the matter then learned that the group passing the fake prescriptions was getting the “fake scripts” from a guy named “Tony” from Rockville.

That triggered several arrests, police said.

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