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July 30, 2013

Feds charge man after raid turns up marijuana, guns

Agents: $421K seized from Topsfield resident's home, safe deposit boxes

TOPSFIELD — A Topsfield man is in federal custody after federal agents say they seized approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, eight guns, including an assault rifle, and $421,000 in cash from his home and three safe deposit boxes last week.

Glenn A. Freeman, 52, of 77 Howlett St., was taken into custody by FBI agents on Thursday, two days after the search of his home that, investigators say, turned up the marijuana, guns and cash.

So far, Freeman has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

FBI special agent Tucker Heap wrote in an affidavit that investigators were looking into Freeman, whom they suspected of being involved in drug trafficking and money laundering.

During the July 23 search, investigators say they found approximately 10 pounds of what they believe is marijuana, some of it wrapped in a trash bag and duct tape and stored in a kitchen freezer, the rest in a second freezer, packed in gallon-sized plastic bags.

A collection of guns was found in the front foyer closet, according to court papers, including a Chinese-made assault rifle; a Remington 12-gauge shotgun, a Thames .36-caliber revolver; a Walther 9 mm pistol, a Harrington and Richardson .32-caliber revolver, and a Rossi .38 special revolver. Two more guns were found in a display case, a Crescent-Davis 16-gauge shotgun and a Fratelli Pietta .22-caliber rifle.

Investigators also found approximately $90,000 in cash in the foyer closet that held most of the guns, according to court papers.

Investigators had also seized the contents of three safe deposit boxes at Chelsea Bank during searches on July 19. The boxes contained a total of $331,370 in cash.

Freeman is expected to remain in custody at least through Monday, when a detention hearing is scheduled in the U.S. District Court in Worcester.

In the 1990s, Freeman ran afoul of a Boston Housing Court judge who took the unusual step of barring him from purchasing new rental properties within the city as a result of numerous complaints from tenants, according to a published report at the time.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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