State police discover 112 lb. of marijuana in ‘suspicious’ crates

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Police in Massachusetts were tipped off to a marijuana trafficking operation when two suspicious wooden crates arrived at a shipping company.

According to a Thursday news release from the Wareham Police Department, authorities were notified by management at Cape Cod Express that two suspicious-looking wooden crates had been received and might warrant further investigation.

Detectives dispatched to the shipping company and were there for the arrival of Michael Chen, 40, of Providence, R.I., who claimed ownership and took possession of the crates. When confronted by the detectives, Chen consented to a search of the crates, which led to the discovery of 112 pounds of marijuana packaged in plastic bags.

Chen was arrested at the scene and charged with Trafficking Marijuana Over 100 Pounds. Authorities also seized Chen’s 2017 Ford F-250 for possible forfeiture proceedings, as an investigation revealed that the vehicle was recently purchased with cash.

Police thanked narcotics detection certified K9 officer Dutch from the Bourne Police Department and his handler Officer Lee Desrosiers for their assistance in the investigation.

Chen was held at the Wareham Police Department and arraigned on Thursday at the Wareham District Court.

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