Police find 2 pounds of pot in pickupBy Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | July 18,2013A Pittsfield man is free after denying charges Monday he was in possession of nearly 2 pounds of pot with plans to sell it and turn a profit.
Rocky Lucian, 18, pleaded innocent in Rutland criminal court to a felony charge of marijuana possession, as well as a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession, which together carry a combined maximum sentence of six years in prison.
On April 26, according to an affidavit filed with the court by Vermont State Police Trooper Daniel Hall, he and Sgt. Thomas Mozzer responded to a complaint on Notch Road in Mendon. The caller told police two suspicious men were firing a gun and striking trees with a golf club, records state.
When police responded to the area, they did not find anyone walking or standing around with either a gun or a golf club, but they did see a Chevrolet pickup parked in the area.
According to his affidavit, Hall approached the passenger’s window and saw a woman with a plastic lid on her lap.
“On the lid was a row of green leafy substance that I recognized to be marijuana from my training and experience,” Hall wrote. “I also observed rolling type papers which are commonly used by marijuana users to roll their marijuana into joints/blunts (similar to cigarettes and cigars) so they can smoke their marijuana. The occupants of the vehicle did not notice me until I knocked on the window.”
The female quickly handed the lid to Lucian, who was in the driver’s seat, records state. Lucian quickly got out of the truck, spilled the leafy substance on the ground and stomped on it, police said.
Lucian allegedly told police the truck was his and gave them permission to search it, police said. Police found 1.6 grams of cocaine in the center console, affidavits state, but the big find was behind the seat.
Police found a large plastic bag containing a leafy substance that later tested positive as marijuana, records state, with the bag weighing 1.8 pounds.
According to police, Lucian claimed the pot and the cocaine belonged to him. Lucian allegedly told police he had bought the marijuana for $1,000 and the cocaine for $80, with both purchases happening in Rutland, records state.
“Lucian advised he purchased the large quantity of marijuana because he thought he could make money if he sold the marijuana in smaller quantities,” Hall wrote in his affidavit.
Lucian is free without having to post bail and is next scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court Sept. 9.
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