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Canton police take in 300 pounds of pot in town's 'largest' bust

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 19, 2013 03:35 PM

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Dave Eisenstadter/Globe correspondent

Canton police made the largest pot bust of the department’s history on Friday, Chief Kenneth Berkowitz said Tuesday.

Acting on a tip that a shipment of marijuana was coming into Canton, police apprehended a suspect and took in about 300 pounds of marijuana, sealed in plastic bags.

Dozens of such bags were stacked on tables at the Canton police station on Tuesday as Berkowitz described the arrest.

“It was fluid; it happened very quickly,” he said. “We set up surveillance and moved in to arrest him.”

Police arrested Thomas Jin Kim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., at 2:24 p.m. on Friday. He was picked up near R&L Transportation on Industrial Drive and charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana.

Berkowitz described Kim as a courier, and said he was arrested as soon as he took possession of the drug.

Berkowitz said the investigation into where the marijuana was going and where it came from continues. He added that the drug was believed to have come from California.

“We’ve never had this much. This is the largest marijuana arrest in the department’s history and one of the larger ones in Norfolk County, I would imagine,” Berkowitz said. “We feel like we have interrupted a large trafficker in the area.”

Canton police Detective Paul Gallagher, Officer Kevin Albert, and Officer Glen Nix, along with Stoughton police Detective Sergeant Bob Welch participated in the arrest. Representatives from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration also assisted.

“The guys did a great job; it was something that we had to act on quickly, and everyone who responded did a great job,” Berkowitz said. “I’m proud to be their chief.”

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