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4 arrested with 200 pounds of pot, hallucinogenic mushrooms

Four men were arrested in Danvers on Thursday after police seized $137,000 and numerous narcotics.
Danvers Police Department
Four men were arrested in Danvers on Thursday after police seized $137,000 and numerous narcotics.

Four men were arrested in Danvers on Thursday after police seized 200 pounds of marijuana, THC-infused edible candies, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and about $137,000, officials said.

Officers arrested Gary Cioffi Jr. of Peabody, 34; Taylor Arellano of Lynn, 23; Donald Spongberg of Saugus, 26; and Thomas Iannello of Saugus, 29, at about 3 p.m. near 5 Healy Court, said Detective Sergeant Robert Sullivan.

Police also recovered thousands of THC honey butane cartridges and various types of cannabis oils and cannabis-related products during the afternoon drug bust.

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“These edibles are intentionally designed to look like candy and could easily be mistaken by a young child,” said Police Chief Patrick Ambrose in a statement. “Their removal from the street eliminates the possibility of accidental ingestion by children, as well as the intentional abuse from teens in our community.”

All four men were arraigned Friday afternoon in Salem District Court. Cioffi was held on $50,000 cash bail, and the other three men were held on $5,000 cash bail. They are all scheduled to return to court March 15.

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