A Whitman man who allegedly sold drinks infused with THC on three occasions to an undercover detective was arrested Friday after police seized over 100 bottles of the drinks from his home, authorities said.
Derek Sheehan, 35, is also facing weapons charges, after police confiscated a homemade firearm from his home at 35 Warren Ave., where a search warrant was executed around 1 p.m. Friday, Whitman police said in a press release.
He is due to be arraigned Monday in Brockton District Court on drug possession and distribution charges, and two firearms offenses, the release said.
The drinks sold to the detective contained 100 to 150 mg of THC, the main ingredient in cannabis. Drinks seized from Sheehan’s home were packaged in colorful bottles with such enticing names as “Sky High Strawberry Lemonade” and “Chillaxin’ Cherry Limeade” aimed at a specific audience, according to police.
“This was a comprehensive investigation that resulted in the arrest of an individual who was flagrantly violating our drug and firearm laws and — in my opinion — specifically targeting kids and young adults with these products,” Whitman police Chief Scott D. Benton said.
Whitman police carried out the investigation with the assistance of a regional crime and drug task force that also includes police in East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and at Bridgewater State University.
Police seized 138 bottles of THC infused liquid and drinks from Sheehan’s home, along with cookies and extracts containing the substance, police said. Other items seized include a bag of mushrooms and THC vape cartridges, along with over $5,000 in cash, police said.
An additional 25 bottles of THC liquid drinks and a pound of marijuana was seized from Sheehan’s car, according to the release.
Police also seized an unregistered gun that Sheehan allegedly made from parts he bought on the “dark web,” police said.
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