Cops: 2 Men Tried to Sell Pot to Middle School Kids

Two men, ages 23 and 31, showed up at Middlesex Middle School last week saying they were broke and lost, then tried to sell marijuana to students in the parking lot.

A Bridgeport man, 31, and a Bronx man, 23, showed up at Middlesex Middle School last Monday telling people that they were lost and without money, then they tried to sell marijuana to some students, police said.

Darien police gave this account of the incident:

Bryan Lopez, 23, of the Bronx and Neri Lopez, 31, of Bridgeport entered the school and told someone at the main office that they were lost and without any money.

The two left the building and were asking for money from people in the parking lot. While they were in the parking lot, the two also offered to sell marijuana to three students, 11 to 13 years old.

Darien police were called to the scene at about 3 p.m. and found the two men walking south on Hollow Tree Ridge Road. Police arreted both men, and found a small amount (four grams) of marijuana in one of Bryan Lopez' front pants pockets.

Bryan Lopez was charged with possession of less than a quarter ounce of marijuana, illegal distribution of a controlled subsnatnce, simple trespassing and — a felony — risk of injury to a minor.

Neri Lopez was charged with illegal ditributrion of marijuana, simple trespassing and risk of injury to a minor. Eachman was held on $5,000 bond, which neither posted. They were arraigned Tuesday in state Superior Court in Stamford.

max April 16, 2013 at 01:43 PM
As a parent I have trouble getting into school, yet here these two strolled right in?!? Again, bueacratic nonsense that inconviences law abiders while doing nothing to thwart criminals. Also, lost? What was there destination that they missed? How did they get there if they were found walking from the school? Finally, $5,000 bond? for a felony?
porter gladstone jr April 16, 2013 at 01:57 PM
? It seems as though they entered and were asked to leave. Ended up in the parking lot.
max April 16, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Can't even get in the locked front door, but they were in a nd went to the office. No indication of how long in building before leaving.
followup April 16, 2013 at 05:34 PM
Will there be a followup by the school administration? I hope so. Maybe they snuck into the school - in which case plug the hole. Maybe they were buzzed in - in which case procedures should be tightened and I don't rule out the possibility that someone should be fired. But I don't think this incident should just be swept under the rug and forgotten.
mom in town April 16, 2013 at 07:09 PM
Why were they not escorted from the property? There are plenty of holes in this story in addition to the fact that the principal failed to send something out to parents after the incident. As a parent of a student at the school I did not appreciate hearing about this from a friend in a neighboring town. Beyond that the boys who were approached went home and reported the incident to their parents and in turn went back to the school to report the incident. Were other kids approached? We do not know because we as parents did not have a chance to question out children because the administration did not grant us te courtesy of alerting us to this problem. And why the lag time in reporting?


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