During the afternoon of Wednesday, December 27th, the Wareham Police Department received information regarding suspicious packages described as 2 wooden crates had been received at Cape Cod Express (Wareham based shipping company). Noticing the manner of packaging, Cape Cod Express management alerted the Wareham Police Department, and further investigation was initiated by WPD patrol officers and detectives.
During the investigation by Wareham PD detectives, a male claiming ownership of the packages arrived at Cape Cod Express and took possession of the crates. Michael Chen, age 40, of Providence Rhode Island was confronted by detectives and consented to a search of the crates, which led to the discovery of marijuana packaged in 60 plastic food saver bags in one crate, and 52 bags containing marijuana packaged in another. The total weight of the marijuana found in the crates was 112 pounds.
Also providing valuable assistance during this investigation was narcotics detection certified Bourne PD K9 “Dutch” and his handler, Bourne PD Officer Lee Desrosiers.
Michael Chen was placed under arrest at the scene, charged with Trafficking Marijuana Over 100 Pounds. The vehicle driven by Mr. Chen to Cape Cod Express, a 2017 Ford F-250, was seized for possible forfeiture proceedings, as investigation showed the vehicle was recently purchased outright in cash.
Mr. Chen was held at the Wareham Police Department and was scheduled for arraignment on the criminal charge today at Wareham District Court.