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Police in Canton seize $1m in drugs

Canton police made the largest marijuana bust in the depart­ment’s history Friday, Chief Kenneth Berkowitz said.

Acting on a tip that a shipment of marijuana was coming in to Canton, police apprehended a suspect and seized about 300 pounds of marijuana valued at approximately $1 million. Sealed in dozens of plastic bags, the marijuana was stacked on tables at the Canton police station Tuesday as Berkowitz described the arrest.

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“It happened very quickly,” he said. “We set up surveillance and moved in to arrest him.”

Thomas Jin Kim, 30, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested at 2:24 p.m. Friday near a business on Industrial Drive and charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana.

Kim was arraigned Tuesday in Stoughton District Court and pleaded not guilty to both counts. He was being held at the Norfolk County jail in ­Dedham on $400,000 bail and is due back in court March 19.

Berkowitz described Kim as a courier. He said the investigation into where the marijuana was going and where it came from continues, adding that the drug was believed to have originated in California.

“We’ve never had this much,” Berkowitz said. “This is the largest marijuana ­arrest in the department’s history and one of the larger ones in ­Norfolk County. . . . We feel like we have interrupted a large trafficker in the area.”

Canton police Detective Paul Gallagher, Officer Kevin Albert, and Officer Glen Nix, along with Stoughton police Detective Sergeant Bob Welch participated in the arrest. Representatives from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and State Police also assisted.

“It was something that we had to act on quickly, and every­one who responded did a great job,” Berkowitz said.

Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at eisen.globe@
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