YouTube Video Leads to Drug Arrest in Clinton

The suspect reportedly asks for donations so he does not have to resort to selling the marijuana.

Clinton Police Dog Ace with the evidence gathered during an arrest Monday. Photo credit: Clinton Police Department
Clinton Police Dog Ace with the evidence gathered during an arrest Monday. Photo credit: Clinton Police Department

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. 

Jamie Litz January 14, 2014 at 06:25 AM
Thank you Officer Santiago! It is an honor to have met such a fine young man, and to have him as a part of our amazing team of civil servants in our town!! Great job to everyone involved!
Hammer McPhee January 14, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Proving once again that one need not pass an intelligence test to become a criminal.
Phil Sengle January 14, 2014 at 09:15 AM
Great Job, Officer Santiago, Police Dog Ace and the Clinton P.D. It is fortunate that many criminals don't seem to be too bright.
Craig R January 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM
He's been posting this crap on youtube since October. It really took 3 months to catch him?
Allen January 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM
I nominate William Bradley for the Darwin Award!
Anthony dabber January 16, 2014 at 12:25 PM
I wonder why the dogs in the photo, is ace the one the found the video ? But seriously, this is a joke. This guy is not a criminal, a lil dumb yes. We should be focusing on bigger issues that actually affect us in a negative way like our corrupt cops and town. You are all mindless sheep
Jonathan Sanders January 16, 2014 at 01:14 PM
So are you saying that a guy selling cocaine, hash, marijuana and Oxy doesn't effect anyone in a negative way? Keep hitting those dabs Anthony. Your future looks bright.
Anthony dabber January 24, 2014 at 09:09 AM
The guy used coke and oxy to help his pain, he had cancer. Cannabis and hash arnt bad one bit, they cure and protect us from a lot of shit that our government feeds us (pharmaceuticals, gmo, flouride in our water). If you believe what our government says, than you are nothing but a mindless sheep
Anthony dabber January 24, 2014 at 09:10 AM
Anthony dabber January 24, 2014 at 09:16 AM
I hope one day you will realize that everything we know is a fabricated lie, we're fed false propaganda from the media and have pharma drugs in our food and water. These pigs are nothing more but ugly animals with a badge and gun


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