Drug bust nets federal felon, girlfriend
Published 10:38 pm, Wednesday, January 30, 2013
STAMFORD -- After a five-month investigation into drug dealing on the city's East Side, police served a search warrant Tuesday afternoon at a Standish Road apartment, arrested a city man and his Bridgeport girlfriend while seizing almost 50 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of about $5,000, police said.
Rodney Allen Canada, 35, of 63 Standish Road, was charged with possession of narcotics, possession of narcotics with intent to sell, operating a drug factory, conspiracy to possess narcotics, conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to sell and failure to appear in court. He was held in lieu of $100,000 bond.
His girlfriend Aminour Shohan, 34, of 171 Poplar St., Bridgeport, was also charged with possession of narcotics, sale of certain illegal drugs, conspiracy to possess narcotics and conspiracy to possess narcotics with intent to sell. She was released after signing a promise to appear at court.
Narcotics and Organized Crime Unit Sgt. Richard Gasparino said police received information Canada was selling drugs out of his apartment about five months ago. Following an investigation, police were able to get a search warrant for the house and Canada.
After setting upon the house about 1 p.m. officers saw Canada and Shohan leave the house and detained them and served the search warrants, police said.
Inside Canada's bedroom, police found 47.3 grams of cocaine. Police also found 14.7 grams of powder cocaine, as well as agents used to cut cocaine, a digital scale and packaging materials. No cash was found, Gasparino said.
While the search of Canada proved fruitless, when Shohan was strip-searched, a female officer found 10 knotted bags of crack cocaine weighing 3.9 grams in her bra, Gasparino said.
Gasparino said it was common for drug dealers to use their girlfriends to carry drugs for them, in hopes a female officer wouldn't be available to a strip search them.
In 2000, Canada was arrested by Stamford police when he was found with 60 grams of crack cocaine, Gasparino said. Because of the amount of narcotics, the case was prosecuted in federal court, where, in 2001, he was convicted of distribution of a controlled substance and sentenced to 140 months in prison, court records show.