Police Bust Man Who Mailed Himself 1,500 Packs Of Marijuana Gummies
Police in South Windsor, Connecticut have arrested a man who mailed himself 1,500 packets of marijuana gummies from an address in California.
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The investigation has been ongoing for some time now, as agents from the Eastern Central Narcotics Task Force began investigating the suspicious shipment in February. The package was mailed from Corona, California.
According to a report by The AP, the marijuana gummies were from a brand called, "Infused Creations," and the gummies in question closely resembled Sour Patch Kids candy.
Police found 339 individually wrapped gummies after intercepting the package. Manchester Police Sargeant, Matthew Pace, told The Hartford Courant that each packet was labeled "300 mg (0.3 grams) medical cannabis."
Police have arrested the man who leases the space the marijuana gummies were sent to. He has been charged with possession with intent to sell, operating a drug factory and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest came after they received a tip about a large-scale marijuana operation out of Corona where the package was shipped from.
According to police, each packet goes for close to $25 in California and the steep price of $50 in Connecticut. At the beginning of this year, California legalized marijuana for recreational use but marijuana gummies have come under close scrutiny. New laws have banned the sale of edibles closely resembling anything that might appeal to children, including gummy bears and other animal-shaped products. Edible packaging will also be closely monitored and edible companies will no longer be allowed to feature packaging that could appeal to minors.
In Connecticut, edibles are permitted, but only for medical purposes. However, a recent bill, introduced by Martin Looney, Democratic Senate President Pro Tempore, would steer the state towards joining its neighbors in legalizing weed for recreational use. Opposition from state Governor, Dannel Malloy, has disrupted the bill somewhat, although legalization efforts continue to move forward. Connecticut stands to gain a significant amount in revenue if recreational marijuana is legalized, as states like Colorado have proven.
Nevertheless, the shipment of such a large amount of marijuana gummies doesn't fall within the realm of legality in either California or Connecticut. It remains unclear what punishment the arrested party will face, but it's unlikely he will face much leniency.