On October 5, 2015, Mark Leigh-James of Stratford was arrested and charged with Unlawful Manufacture/Distribution of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearms after a two month investigation by the Fairfield Police Narcotics Unit revealed he was selling large amounts of Crystal Methamphetamine, a highly addictive stimulant substance, on the streets of Fairfield and Bridgeport.
Undercover Detectives were able to infiltrate Leigh-James’ operation and purchased upwards of a pound of Crystal Methamphetamine over several police controlled drug transactions. The Crystal Meth that was purchased was determined to be 98% pure after laboratory testing which is extremely rare in the greater Bridgeport area.
The DEA was called in to assist in the investigation due to its uniqueness and multijurisdictional involvement.
Police secured a federal arrest warrant for Mark Leigh-James after additional sales of Crystal Methamphetamine to Undercover Detectives were conducted.
On October 5, 2015 Fairfield Detectives and DEA agents attempted to arrest Leigh-James as he was walking to his car after attending a college class at Housatonic Community College. Upon seeing police, Leigh-James fled and engaged police in a lengthy foot pursuit from the parking garage of the college and through the main building of the college until he was eventually captured and taken into custody on Markle Court in Bridgeport.
A subsequent search of Leigh-James’ BMW X5 SUV revealed over 3 ounces of Crystal Methamphetamine, a bag containing 7 grams of loose Heroin and 2 illegal handguns, one of which was confirmed stolen out of Stratford.
Mark Leigh-James was held without bond at the time of his arrest.