Clinton Police got a tip that led to a drug bust, but it wasn't a phone call. It was a YouTube video.
On Jan. 13, Clinton Police executed a search and seizure warrant at a storage unit on Nod Place in Clinton.
They were led there following a six-month investigation that began when the suspect posted a YouTube video of himself growing marijuana.
In the video, the suspect, who police identified as William Bradley, 46, is standing with the plants. He identifies himself by name and is also recognized by officers, police said.
Bradley goes on to speak about the plants and asks for donations so he does not have to resort to selling the marijuana. The video is labeled on Youtube as "William Bradley-Hope Garden." Bradley also posted a link to the video from his Facebook page, according to police.
Prior to this video, police said, officers were familiar with Bradley from previous arrests, including in 2008 for possession of more than 10 pounds of marijuana.
During the investigation, police conducted surveillance and determined Bradley was utilizing a storage bin on Nod Place for his growing operation. Clinton's drug-detecting dog, Ace, also indicated on the storage bin at least twice during the investigation for the presence of illegal drugs, police said. Another K-9, Gwen from the neighboring Madison Police Department, also indicated for the presence of illegal drugs.
A search warrant was executed and, as a result, police seized:
- More than two pounds of marijuana
- More than 20 grams of Hashish
- Two baggies of cocaine
- Oxycodone pills
- Drug Paraphernalia including numerous baggies for packaging smaller amounts of marijuana for sale, Scales, drug notes and his cellular phone.
- $1,017.00 of drug proceeds
Bradley was charged with:
- Possession of narcotics w/intent to sell
- Possession of marijuana w/intent to sell
- Possession of hashish w/ intent to sell
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- Operating a drug factory
He was held on a $5,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior court on Jan. 14.