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According to Connecticut authorities, the seizure of a package of 143 grams of MDMA led to the arrest of a 51-year-old for numerous drug and weapon law violations. John P. Moynihan, a Simsbury man, was caught after a two-week investigation that began at the John F. Kennedy Airport. The investigation began at the airport with drug dogs, involved state and federal law enforcement agencies, and ended at the man’s Simsbury home.
Drug trained to find packages of drugs as the packages pass through customs reportedly “hit” on a package from Germany. The package was headed for a recipient at the Simsbury address named Skipper Moynihan. On April 23, agents with Customs weighed the “rock-like” substance. The MDMA weighed 134 grams.
Federal authorities reached out to the Statewide Narcotics Task Force for assistance. The Statewide Narcotics Task Force, in turn, reached out to a local Simsbury detective who had already known the identity of the package’s recipient. After a few online searches, authorities learned that the name Skipper Moynihan existed only as the name of a Connecticut man’s YouTube channel. The channel had videos of “Skipper” skydiving and cycling while wearing what looked like a viking helmet.
Of course, the police quickly learned that Skipper and John P. Moynihan were the same person. Moynihan simply used the Skipper Moynihan persona as his internet persona and package-receiving identity. Authorities also researched both company names on the package. Both companies, as the authorities suspected, had never existed. The authorities applied for a warrant in late April but did not make their move until May 4.
On May 4, the United States Postal Inspection Service delivered the package. Authorities had monitored the house for days before delivering the package. They waited until the man had taken the package inside before making the arrest. When they entered his house, they said Moynihan had been actively opening the package until he saw the police.
After arresting him, the police searched the other parts of the house. They found another package of MDMA that looked like it had come from the same vendor in Germany. They found a wide spread of prescription opioid pills; 13 grams of psychedelic mushrooms; a kilogram of edibles made from marijuana extract; 11 grams of marijuana; a grow room and a full set of equipment needed for a successful grow op; two pistols; one shotgun; and three rifles.
They charged him with one count of Possession of Hallucinogens with Intent to Distribute for the edibles; one count of Possession of Hallucinogens with Intent to Distribute for the mushrooms; Possession of more than one kilogram of marijuana with Intent to Distribute; Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute; Operating a Drug Factory; Possession of Hallucinogens; Possession of a Sawed-Off Shotgun; and six counts of Criminal Possession of a Firearm.
He is currently being held on a $750,000 bail.