Investigation into Drug Deal Uncovers 2.5 Pounds of Marijuana

A Queen Street man is facing various charges after officers discovered 2.5 pounds of marijuana while executing a search warrant on Tuesday, Southington police said.

The investigation into a series of marijuana sales around the community led police to discover over two pounds of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia at a Queen Street apartment, said.

Officers executing a search warrant at the home of Nicholas Meister discovered a “full scale sales operation” that included packaging products, scales, 2.5 pounds of harvested marijuana and a total of $2,093 in alleged drug money, a police report said.

“The discovery was made after Meister was taken into custody for three separate cases of sale of marijuana related to interactions earlier this year,” said Lt. Mike Baribault. “There was no indication he was growing anything at the home, but the marijuana he had was clearly marked and packaged to sell.”

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Meister, 34, of 285 Queen St., was taken into custody late Tuesday morning. He was held on bond and arraigned Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court.

He is facing charges including three counts of sale of marijuana, possession of more than a kilogram of marijuana with the intent to sell and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Baribault said the lengthy investigation began earlier this year after police received information regarding the ongoing sale of marijuana in the community. The case was referred to the Southington Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit for further investigation.

According to a police report, detectives used various methods including surveillance and interviews with others in the community to obtain information leading to the initial arrest warrants, as well as the search warrant for his home.

Baribault said with the arrest, the investigation is considered complete.

“We do not anticipate any further arrests at this time,” he said.

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