Police: 2 arrested in Andover after 115 marijuana plants found during I-495 traffic stop

 —Mass. State Police

A traffic stop in Andover late Thursday led to the discovery of 115 marijuana plants and the arrest of two people from central Massachusetts on charges of possession with the intent to distribute, state police said.

Authorities said Brianna Jean Pomerantz, 19, of Devens, was pulled over around 11:40 p.m. on Interstate 495, allegedly traveling at “an excessive speed.”  State police said the trooper “immediately observed numerous suspected marijuana plants inside the vehicle”

Ultimately, police said 115 plants were found in the car, along with more than three pounds of marijuana, and “paraphernalia related to the packaging and sale of drugs.”

Massachusetts voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016 and so far a handful of dispensaries have received provisional licenses from the state’s Cannabis Control Commission to sell the substance. However, none have opened yet.


Pomerantz and her passenger, Lucas Thayer, 32, of Harvard, were both arrested and charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. The 19-year-old was also cited for speeding.

Police said they were released on their own personal recognizance and are due to be arraigned Monday in Lawrence District Court.

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