SOUTHINGTON - A Cheshire man accused of selling marijuana from a Southington motel will be able to elude prosecution if he serves 30 days in jail and completes a program.
Michael Ford, 23, was taken into custody Thursday, following a hearing in Bristol Superior Court. He is facing two counts of sale of a controlled substance.
Jeffrey Lee, state prosecutor, said Ford is eligible for a program that could result in a dismissal of both charges, as if he had been found not guilty after a trial. However, Lee also said he would object to such a program, unless Ford agreed to serve 30 days in jail while held on bond as a penalty.
Ford accepted the agreement, and his bail was set at $10,000. Judge John Cronan advised him that, if someone bonds him out before he serves 30 days, the deal is off the table.
According to the warrant for his arrest, Southington police in February 2017 received a tip on their anonymous tip line suggesting Ford had been selling drugs while working at the Econo Lodge, at 1845 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike. The tipster did not indicate what kind of drug was allegedly involved, but he said that Ford was getting them from North Carolina.
Police then began investigating and confirmed that Ford worked at the motel. While they were conducting surveillance, they saw him do several things that appeared consistent with the drug trade. Police said at one point a vehicle pulled up to the motel and Ford came outside, retrieved a backpack from his own car and then got into the vehicle that had just shown up, the warrant said. Shortly thereafter, he got out of the vehicle and returned to the motel.
As part of the investigation, police reached out to someone who could serve as a confidential informant. The informant on two occasions allegedly bought marijuana from Ford at the Econo Lodge in March2017.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.