2 Men Sold California Marijuana on Long Island, DA Says

From left: Eric Gomez and Brian Poole (SCDA).

Two men have been arrested for allegedly receiving about 80 pounds of potent, high-grade strains of California-grown marijuana deliveries monthly on eastern Long Island, where they resold it, Suffolk County prosecutors said.

The alleged ringleader, 27-year-old Brian Poole of Bellport, and a suspect that authorities identified as his chief reseller, 29-year-old Eric Gomez of Calverton, were indicted this week on charges of criminal possession of marijuana, conspiracy and other counts.

“[Poole’s] profits averaged from $500 to $800 per pound, depending on the strain of marijuana,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said.

Prosecutors said the suspects’ June 10 arrests came after investigators executed search warrants on Bellport and Bay Shore homes Poole allegedly used to prep the marijuana for street sales.

During the raids, detectives seized hundreds of pounds of 11 different strains of marijuana with names such as “Girl Scout Cookies,” “Death Star,” “Jack the Ripper” and “Green Crack.” They also seized a stun gun, a defaced, loaded handgun and more than $200,000 in cash, authorities said.

Gomez’ BMW was also was found to have vanity license plates that spell out “LIFTD,” slang for getting high, next to the anti-drug message “Keep Kids Drug Free.”

Poole was ordered held without bail and Gomez was released without bail.

The case is the result of a joint investigation with the Suffolk County police Narcotics Section and the Office of Homeland Security.