PEABODY — Police seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana, along with hallucinogenic mushrooms and cash, during a raid at a home on John Road on Friday.
Two men, Gary W. Cioffi, Jr, 36, of 9 John Road, Peabody, and Marco A. Sosa, 28, of 2 Wheatland St., Salem, were both arrested.
Cioffi was charged with trafficking in 100 pounds or more, but less than 2,000 pounds, of marijuana and two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class C drug.
Sosa was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug and child endangerment.
In a press statement, Peabody police said they had received numerous complaints from concerned residents regarding possible illegal drug activity near John Road, which is near Raddin Park off Lynnfield Street. They had also received multiple complaints of increased traffic in the area, as well as an odor of marijuana near one particular home on John Road.
So, Peabody police detectives began an investigation.
Early Friday evening, detectives saw activity consistent with the sale and distribution of illegal drugs near 9 John Road, the statement said, and as a result, they pulled over a vehicle on Lynnfield Street, from which they seized about 3-1/2 pounds of marijuana.
Police said they arrested the driver. A female passenger was also in the car with a 13-month-old infant and a handgun. Police said they seized the handgun, but did not indicate that the woman was taken into custody.
Detectives then executed a search warrant at 9 John Road and seized a large quantity of various items typically used in the packaging, sale and distribution of marijuana and THC infused edibles, police said.
They also seized a large quantity of THC vaping devices, pharmaceutical drugs, more than 100 Pounds of marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and an unspecified amount of cash.
Both Cioffi and Sosa were scheduled to be arraigned in Peabody District Court Monday morning.
Police Chief Thomas Griffin, in a statement, praised his officers for dismantling what he described as a high level drug distribution system. He also cited concerns that THC infused edibles can end up, unwittingly, being consumed by children.
Detective Sgts. Christos Zamakis and David Bonfanti assisted in the investigation, along with detectives David Murphy, Taryn Brotherton and Daniel Jenkins, Sgt. Matthew Stark, patrolmen Matthew Mason and Michael Donovan, K-9 Caine and his handler officer Cory Salvo.