News Release
January 22, 2008

DEA Task Force Arrests Two New Haven Residents Who Received Shipment of 400 Pounds of Marijuana

JAN 22 -- June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced ROWAN E. LAIDLAW, 34, and KADYANN BROWN, 21, both of Townsend Avenue, New Haven, were arrested Monday on federal criminal complaints charging each with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, the arrests stem from an investigation conducted by the New Haven Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force. The Task Force received information regarding the delivery of more than 400 pounds of marijuana to individuals in the New Haven area. LAIDLAW and BROWN were arrested in East Haven after they allegedly attempted to meet an individual delivering the shipment of marijuana.

LAIDLAW and BROWN appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis in New Haven and were ordered detained without bond at the request of the Government.

If convicted of the charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor stated that a complaint is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to have his matter presented to a grand jury and, in the event an indictment is returned, he or she is entitled to a trial at which it will be the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Haven Police Department and the West Haven Police Department.