Local law enforcement made an impressive drug bust Thursday afternoon when they seized 380 pounds of marijuana being transported in a tractor trailer. The confiscated contraband — with an estimated street value of between $400,000 and $500,000 — consisted of 32 tightly-wrapped bundles of cannabis.
Local law enforcement made an impressive drug bust Thursday afternoon when they seized 380 pounds of marijuana being transported in a tractor trailer.
The confiscated contraband — with an estimated street value of between $400,000 and $500,000 — consisted of 32 tightly-wrapped bundles of cannabis.
“This is a significant amount for us,” Taunton Police Detective Chris Brady said.
The drug haul came as a result of a joint operation coordinated between the Taunton police department’s vice squad and the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Bedford resident office, the latter to which Brady is assigned.
Police would not disclose many details of the early afternoon bust. They did say that the tractor trailer’s 24-year-old driver, although not yet arrested, had been detained, and was carrying a California driver’s license when taken into custody.
The arrest was made possible as a result of an out-of-state lead, said Neil Doherty, resident agent in charge of the DEA’s New Bedford office. That office includes police from Taunton, Fall River, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Attleboro, as well as those assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
Doherty would not say where the bust went down, other than that it occurred within city limits. “It’s certainly a large seizure,” he said.
Doherty identified the truck’s point of origin as being Nevada. He would not speculate as to the truck’s final destination, other than to say that it was not Taunton.
“We’re still looking into it,” he said.
Thursday’s marijuana seizure comes little more than a year after a similar, although much larger, confiscation in the city. In May of 2008 local police and DEA agents took away more than 700 pounds of pot — with an estimated street value of between $750,000 and $1 million — from a tractor trailer parked near BJ’s Wholesale Club, in the Northwoods Crossing plaza on Bay Street.
In that case a 23-year-old Phoenix, Ariz., man was charged with trafficking and resisting arrest, after leading police on a foot chase down Bay Street.
Then police chief Raymond O’Berg said that the operation came as a result of an anonymous tip.
Doherty would not confirm any connection between this week’s and last year’s incidents.