[Updated 5:15 p.m.] Police Charge Two in Mail-Order Marijuana Case

Police said two local men are facing charges stemming from the receipt of 12 pounds of marijuana through the U.S. Postal Service.

(Updated 5:15 p.m. Monday)
New technology has made it possible to receive almost anything by mail, but two local residents found out the hard way last week that it’s still not legal to receive marijuana through the postal service.

Officers arrested two Southington men late last week after undercover detectives acting as part of an investigation witnessed the two pick up a package containing 12 pounds of marijuana with a street value of between $12,000 and $24,000.

The arrest in part of an ongoing investigation conducted with partnership from U.S. Postal Service investigators and a local police department in a different state, detectives said Tuesday. The name of the second police department has not been released as the case remains active.

“Members of the narcotics unit developed information that the package was going to be delivered to ,” Southington Police Sgt. Lowell DePalma said Tuesday. “They conducted surveillance from the time the package arrived until the two men came out to collect their delivery.”

Police said Jordan Vitelli, 20, and Anthony Dalia, 21, were each involved in the collection of the marijuana, which arrived in Thursday. Both were taken into custody without incident after detectives approached the men, police said.

Vitelli, of 255 Mill St. in Southington, was arraigned in Bristol Superior Court last week on possession of over four ounces of marijuana, sale of an illegal drug, conspiracy charges to each and possession of marijuana within 1,500 feet of an elementary school.

He was released after posting a $100,000 bond, according to court officials, and is due back in court on Dec. 23.

Dalia, of 24 Gannett St. in Southington, was released after posting a $10,000 bond and is due in Bristol Superior Court on Monday, Dec. 19, for arraignment. He is facing possession of more than four ounces of marijuana, possession of one kilogram of marijuana, conspiracy to commit both and possession of marijuana within a school zone.

Police said the two became the target of an investigation after officers learned that a shipment of marijuana was coming by mail during a previous investigation in town, police said.

Further details of the case were not released Tuesday as the case remains open. Police did not identify where the package came from.

Arthur Cyr December 13, 2011 at 04:13 PM
John Perkins December 13, 2011 at 06:07 PM
What a waste of police resources. Shouldn't they be out fighting violent crime? Legalize Hemp and Marijuana use people. Read up on why and how the gov stopped Hemp & marijuana from being produced. Henry Ford recognized the utility of the hemp plant. He constructed the Model-T of resin stiffened hemp fiber (said to be 10X stronger than steel- Watch at the end of the video when they hit the car with a sledge hammer), and even ran the car on ethanol made from hemp. http://youtu.be/ryO2JLzFPTY . On the MMJ it has literally saved me from my arthritis and I no longer take BIg Pharma drugs that weren't helping resolve it. Cures cancer too. btw: I couldn't walk a couple years ago. Today I can run an 8 minute mile. Legalize.
Lynn Montgomery December 14, 2011 at 01:37 AM
Mr Perkins, With all due respect, you are way off base here. At 20 yrs old Mr Vitelli and Mr Dalia have begun a life of criminal activity. This is not just an " oh they caught with a bit of pot " If you look in the CT Judicial Records, it seems the Vitelli Family has recently stood in front of the judge courtesy of big brother. There is I agree much more to this, however, keeping it out of the hands of children is the police departments job and they do it somewhat well. Your rant while your opinion, has no place on this message board or about this case.
Gary Grover December 14, 2011 at 06:03 AM
I agree with the above poster, there has to be more to the situation that we are being told. How sad and unfortunate for the families of these young men. I do however question who else knew and can be implicated in this mess. Also, there is not much information about the lesser charges for Dalia. Are we to assume the package was addressed to mr Vitelli ? Was it guilt by association. While it is all seemingly vague, I will sleep better tonight knowing there are 12 less pounds of drugs on our streets. I hope for the sake of the community the entire story is released and if there are any other's involved, they are punished as well. Perhaps looking toward the workplaces of these young men is in order. How does a college student earn and pay for that amount of drugs ? I am assuming it was not C.O.D ? A credit card ? So many questions and there are many of us watching this !
Lucy Bantam December 14, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Your 100% right who else is involved???? Will they ever be caught? I don't believe that a 20 year old would have a credit card with that much availability to purchase anything of this worth!!!!! Very unfortunate for all those involved especially the families as this is very mortifying and embarrassing !!!
Erica December 15, 2011 at 09:02 PM
Don't believe everything you hear, both these men are being charged with crimes they did not commit. The truth will come out


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