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Two arrested in Braintree for allegedly shipping themselves marijuana

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  September 19, 2013 10:16 AM

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Two people were arrested on Wednesday after allegedly trying to ship themselves more than a dozen pounds of marijuana.

According to police, Braintree police were notified by authorities in Oregon on Sept. 3 that a package containing what they believed to be narcotics was being shipped to a Braintree address.

The package arrived at the post office on Sept. 10, but after several hours of surveillance, no one came to pick up the package.

Police obtained a search warrant for the package and discovered approximately 16 pounds of marijuana in heat-sealed packages.

On Sept. 18, Braintree police learned there was a second package addressed to the same house waiting for pick up. This time, the sender was from a California address.

With the Braintree narcotics dog, Lucky, Braintree police discovered the package contained narcotics. Police said the package was a similar size and labeling as the previous package, and so police again set up surveillance to see if anyone would pick up the package.

Later that day, a woman showed up to pick up the box. Police saw that she was talking on her cell phone while arranging for pick up, and followed her outside to a vehicle operated by a Boston man.

Police stopped the couple, seized the package, and discovered approximately 12 pounds of marijuana contained in heat sealed packages, police said.

Danielle A. Sims, 22, of Medford, and Jacob Pulido, 39, of Boston were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Pulido was additionally charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

"To the best of my knowledge, this is the largest marijuana seizure in Braintree since the East Division Street arrests in February 2011," said Braintree Police Chief Russ Jenkins in an email.

Jenkins added that the pair are only being charged with one count of possession with intent and are not yet facing charges on the first package.

"Twenty-eight pounds doesn't reach the number for trafficking, so the penalty for 12 or 28 would be the same," Jenkins said.

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