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GateHouse News Service Posted May 15, 2008 @ 03:47 AM TAUNTON — More than 700 pounds of pot, with a street value estimated at between $750000 to $1 million, was seized Tuesday night in the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club on Bay Street. One man was arrested and 23 tightly-sealed bundles of marijuana were confiscated from a tractor trailer that had pulled into and parked in the Northwoods Crossing plaza near Interstate 495, authorities said. “It’s a very significant seizure,” Taunton Police Chief Raymond O’Berg said Wednesday. The bust was the result of a cooperative effort of local police, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Bedford Resident Office and other agencies, O’Berg said. Curtis Ray Fields, 23, of 49025 North 26th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz., was charged with trafficking marijuana and resisting arrest. Police said Fields initially tried getting away by running down Bay Street, but he tripped and fell. O’Berg said the bust is part of an ongoing drug distribution investigation by the DEA and local law enforcement agencies. He also said to his knowledge it ranks as the largest marijuana seizure on record in the city. O’Berg said an anonymous tip provided authorities information leading to the arrest and seizure. The police report states that shortly after 10:30 pm Tuesday a maroon truck with Rhode Island plates and pulling a white container trailer drove into the parking lot of BJ’s Wholesale Club, which had already closed for the night. A male, later …
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