Police Seize Christmas ‘Presents’ Full of Marijuana

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – ’Twas three weeks before Christmas and in the East Shore, the weed was wrapped nicely, a major drug score. The buyer was waiting but police knew a lot, and busted two men with a trunk full of pot.

The holiday jingle unfolded on Townsend Avenue Wednesday morning, when a cross-country, 100-pound marijuana shipment, broken down and wrapped to look like Christmas presents complete with bows, arrived at a well-kept Cape Cod house in the middle-class neighborhood near the East Haven line. Police were there, too.

Details about what happened remain hazy. For the entire morning and into the afternoon, state police executed a search warrant at 621 Townsend Ave., the longtime home of a well-respected retired physician. At about noon, one of his grandsons was brought out in handcuffs and loaded into a police cruiser.

The investigation apparently was multijurisdictional. According to preliminary information from police, the drug shipment originated in California and was being transported to New Haven in the back of a Hyundai Santa Fe with Nevada plates.

Along the way, law enforcement became aware of the shipment, and state police were waiting when it arrived on Townsend Avenue. State police did not release information Wednesday about how law enforcement found out about the drugs or other details.

Neighbor Vincent LoRicco, 48, noticed the police when he came home from a workout at the gym mid-morning. He said his neighbor, who is in his 90s, has lived there as long as he can remember.

“He was a great doctor and a wonderful guy,” said LoRicco.

He already had suffered a loss earlier this year, losing his wife of 69 years in September.

“Now this. I’m sure he was not aware of what was going on around him,.” LoRicco said.

He said his neighbor’s daughter and her sons moved in about five years ago to take care of her aging parents.

“One or both of the grandchildren are in a band,” said LoRicco.

“You never would have guessed in this neighborhood. It’s a nice, quiet neighborhood. You never expect it this close,” he said.

Police late Wednesday still had not identified the grandson or the Santa Fe’s driver who were arrested.

– Article from Daily Tribune.

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