By Tiffany Williams –
At the United States District Court in New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday, Tajh Wiley 27, of Norwalk, Connecticut also known as “Yung,” was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton to 144 months of imprisonment, followed by four years of supervised release.
On July 13, 2022 a jury found Wiley guilty of one count of conspiracy to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute, fentanyl, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and marijuana, and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack cocaine”).
Wiley is among eight defendants charged by superseding indictment for engaging in an alleged drug conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances.
February 12, 2020, Defendant Tajh Wiley was arrested by officers from the Fairfield police department for forgery related charges. The officers observed Wiley leaving the Circle Inn motel located at 417 Post Road in Fairfield, Connecticut with two other suspects, a male and a female. Wiley was subsequently taken into custody after leaving the Circle Inn.
On his person, officers found two cell phones, $6,160 in cash, and a key card to the Circle Inn. A third phone the police attributed to Wiley was found in a BMW vehicle a short distance from the Circle Inn parking lot.
Detectives had also stopped and questioned the female suspect seen with Wiley, and she informed officers there may be marijuana in a room at the Circle Inn, before disclaiming having knowledge of any illegal activities.
The detectives returned to the Circle Inn and learned from management that Wiley was the renter of room number 44. Fairfield police occupied a parked motor vehicle close to room number 44 watching it to ensure no one would enter or exit the room.
At some point, a member of the motel cleaning staff opened the door to room number 44. Officers approached her and prevented her from entering the room.
While interacting with this woman, officers allegedly detected the smell of marijuana emanating from the room and observed two large cardboard boxes inside.
Detectives then applied for a search warrant to enter and search room number 44 attesting that they smelled the odor of marijuana and saw cardboard boxes that they suspected contained marijuana. The search warrant was issued by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Pavia.
Upon execution of the search warrant, officers examined the two cardboard boxes, which contained six plastic bags containing what they suspected to be marijuana weighing approximately sixteen pounds, eight empty plastic bags, and another box containing packaging material.
Two days later, Fairfield police applied and received authorization for a warrant to search the cell phones recovered from the arrest of Wiley and the vehicle he occupied based on their representation that the boxes contained over sixteen pounds and four ounces of marijuana.
Fairfield Police detectives tested the suspected marijuana using a KN 909 field test kit and the test returned results inconclusive for marijuana but detected cannabidiol, a possible indication that hemp and marijuana have been comingled.
The Lab Report’s results were not completed until April 26, 2021, after the Second State Warrant was signed on February 14, 2020 and the later federal wiretap application was approved on April 15, 2021.
The detectives then shared their findings with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Which had been conducting an ongoing investigation of Wiley since 2018, when his suspected drug trafficking discussions were intercepted during surveillance in another investigation in which he was never charged.
On April 15, 2021, DEA agents also applied for and received a warrant to use a wiretap to surveil communications on two telephone numbers attributed to Wiley. The affidavit in support of the application set forth the DEA’s purported probable cause for the wiretap, largely derived from historical information on Wiley, including interceptions on the 2018 wiretap, Defendant’s 2020 Fairfield arrest, another arrest in Yonkers, New York in 2021 for possession of a kilogram of cocaine, vehicle trackers, vehicle stops, intercepts from an unrelated wiretap of a marijuana dealer based in Mashantucket Pequot tribal land, drug-related communications on the phones of other suspects, surveillance of Wiley and others, Wiley’s unexplained wealth, his social media posts, and other sources.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s Bridgeport High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, during their investigation into a drug trafficking organization headed by Wiley executed multiple search warrants and seized approximately a kilogram of fentanyl, a kilogram of cocaine, approximately 83 grams of crack cocaine, more than 12 pounds of marijuana, two press machines and other items and materials used by Wiley and his co-conspirators to process and package illegal drugs. They also seized from Wiley jewelry valued at more than $100,000, and a 2021 Mercedes-Benz valued at approximately $146,000.