Drugs were a gift, police say

A Chelsea man was charged with receiving $10,000 worth of crystal meth last week inside a Valentine’s Day package.

Lawrence Ligocki, 62, was charged with possession and trafficking of a Class B substance after investigators tracked a Valentine’s Day package containing a teddy bear stuffed with 96 grams of crystal meth to his house, the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement on Monday.


Prosecutors asked for bail of $100,000 for Ligocki at his arraign­ment in Chelsea District Court, but the judge set the amount at $150, Conley’s office said.

On Feb. 5, postal inspectors notified police of a suspicious package addressed to Ligocki’s house on Willard Street, the statement said.

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State Police used drug-
sniffing dogs to confirm that the package contained illegal substances before they allowed it to be shipped to Ligocki’s house.

A postal inspector posing as a mail carrier handed the package to Ligocki, who initially signaled that he was expecting the package, the statement said.

After the inspector identified himself and handed ­Ligocki a warrant to search the house, Ligocki allegedly said that he was not expecting a package, according to the statement.


After opening the package, investigators found three bags of crystal meth inside the teddy bear and another bag of the substance inside a glass jar in the house, Conley’s office said.

Ligocki is scheduled to ­return to court on March 4.

Todd Feathers can be reached at
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