Dealer Started Plying Trade Across from Police Station, He Tells Officers
As an eighth-grader living on 116th Street, defendant says, his mother couldn't provide him money so he took up dealing pot.
A young Wauwatosa native arrested and charged with drug dealing at his current address in West Allis told police he started dealing marijuana while he was in eighth grade – while living in the family home in the 1600 block of 116th Street, or practically across from the Wauwatosa police station.
Samuel Edmund Ferry, 19, was charged Feb. 21 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and with keeping a drug house, both felonies. If convicted, he could be imprisoned for up to six years on the dealing charge and up to three years and six months on the drug house count.
According to the criminal complaint:
Wauwatosa police obtained and on Feb. 18 executed a search warrant at Ferry's apartment in the 9500 block of West Oklahoma Avenue in West Allis. Neither the criminal complaint nor Wauwatosa police reports reveal what led to the suspicion that Ferry might be running a drug dealing operation there.
At any rate, Ferry was home when officers arrived, and they soon found ample evidence. In a closet were two bags of pot containing about 300 grams, or just over half a pound. Also found: about 4.6 grams of psychedlic mushrooms, five narcotic pills and $1,626 in cash.
Various paraphernalia, including a digital scale, a grinder, and numerous types of pipes, such as a large bong and a marijuana vaporizer pipe, were also confiscated.
Ferry admitted and detailed his marijuana dealing, which he said involved only about 10 regular customers. He was selling "Blue Dream" bud, he told a detective, which he could sell for $300 an ounce.
Ferry said he began dealing marijuana to friends when he was in the eighth grade and living at home with his mother in Wauwatosa across from the police station.
He said he felt his mother couldn't well support him then and he needed the money, and that he continued to need extra cash even after he got a job.