Police make million-dollar pot bust in Canton

Posted: 02/19/13 at 6:15 pm EST      Last Updated: 02/20/13 at 5:48 am EST

CANTON, Mass. (WHDH) – Police and federal agents made a million-dollar marijuana bust in Canton.

More than 150 pounds of marijuana put a New York man behind bars. Canton police say they arrested 30-year-old Thomas Kim after he made the pick up.

“As soon as they pulled up, we moved in with uniformed officers and detectives from this department and were able to arrest Mr. Kim who we believe is a large-scale drug trafficker,” said Chief Ken Berkowitz, Canton Police Department.

The street value of the stash is estimated to be around $1 million. Prosecutors say it was brought to Canton by a shipping company that had no idea what kind of cargo it was carrying.

“It was registered with the shipping company as electronics, as you can see from the packaging it was wood boxes inside cardboard boxes,” said Chief Berkowitz.

According to prosecutors, similar shipments from California had been arriving in canton since November. When employees at the shipping company R & L Carriers became suspicious of the cargo, they contacted police.

“Each time the packages were dropped off, the shipments were prepaid with cash,” a prosecutor said.

Prosecutors say a second truck was also stopped. It was sent out by the same shipping company. They say it was also filled with boxes labeled “electronics,” but police believe it was actually carrying another 100 pounds of pot.

Investigators say they watched Kim load the boxes filled with marijuana into a minivan before moving in. They believe he planned to take the drugs to a Randolph storage room.

Kim is being held on $400,000 bail.

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