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Friday, January 12, 2007

Natick bust yields nearly 300 pounds of marijuana

NATICK

A 27-year-old Belmont man faces four drug charges after a Natick bust that netted nearly 300 pounds of marijuana.

Natick police, working with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and state police, arrested Boey Bertold around 1:40 p.m. yesterday after observing him receive two shipments of marijuana, said Natick Police spokesman Lt. Brian Grassey.

Acting on a tip, authorities recovered 293 pounds of marijuana from the car Bertold was driving. The pot had an estimated street value of $500,000, Grassey said.

Bertold is charged with two felony counts of trafficking in marijuana, and, if convicted, faces three to fifteen years in prison on each charge. Additionally, since the alleged incidents happened near Natick Centre, Bertold was charged with two counts of a drug violation near a school or park, also a felony which carries a sentence of two-and-a-half to 15 years in prison.

Bertold is being held at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is set to return to court on Jan. 22.

"It would appear ... he's not a low-level participant and that he's along the lines of a middle-man," Grassey said. "There are larger fish out there. [But] this person is certainly intricately involved in this operation."

Grassey called the bust likely the largest marijuana recovery ever for the Natick police department.

--John C. Drake

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