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Pot Bust On Grove


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For some time now, Verona Police have been keeping an eye on suspicious activity in the parking lot at 24 Grove Avenue. On Monday, their watchfulness paid off with a bust that took marijuana valued at more than $6,000 off the streets.

At around 4:30 p.m.  Monday, the VPD observed activity around a grey Nissan Altima and a black Chevy truck in the lot. Officers approached the vehicle and smelled pot. They called the Essex County Sheriff’s office for a drug-sniffing dog and, when the dog showed a reaction, applied for a search warrant. They found between a pound and a pound and a half of marijuana in the Nissan.

Verona Police arrested Demetrios Arvanites, age 20, of Chatham, and charged him with possession and sale of marijuana. Bail was set at $50,000. Arvanites was released after posting bail. Neither the driver of the truck nor a female passenger in the Nissan were arrested, but an investigation is pending.

Image by Vectorportal via Flickr.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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