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Boston Sees its Biggest Pot Bust in City History

By Kamika Dunlap on June 18, 2010 6:55 AM

Edgar Gonzalez may go down in history, as his arrest led to what prosecutors are calling the biggest pot bust in Boston's city history.

The arrest of Edgar Gonzalez led Boston police to the single largest seizure of marijuana with nearly a ton of pot found in his apartment, CNN reports.

Authorities said the 40 bales of marijuana wrapped in plastic stacked to the ceiling in his apartment are a "high quality" product with a street value of about $4 million.

Edgar Gonzalez was charged with drug trafficking in connection with an immigration violation by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, officials said.

In general, drug distribution/trafficking laws penalize the selling, transportation, and illegal import into the United States of unlawful controlled substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, "club drugs," and heroin.

Federal and state drug distribution/trafficking laws and punishments vary according to drug type, amount, geographic area of distribution, and whether minors were sold to or targeted.

Drug distribution/trafficking laws can implicate a single individual or a broad ring of people involved in organized illegal drug activity.

Typically, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) concentrates on investigating and prosecuting organizations and their members who are involved in the cultivation, production, smuggling, distribution, or diversion of controlled substances.

In addition to the one ton (2,000 pounds) of marijuana in Edgar Gonzalez's apartment, police found scales, a vacuum sealer and shrink wrap.

Police also seized a Dominican Republic passport.

Authorities said Edgar Gonzalez is being held with bail set at $1 million. A trial date is set for June 30.


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