On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, members of the Lawrence Township Investigation Division, with assistance from the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force, concluded a six-month investigation into a marijuana distribution operation at the 1st block of Greenfield Avenue in Lawrenceville.
Michael Lester, 26 years-old, was arrested after receiving a 22 pound package through the mail which contained over 300 edible marijuana products with a street value of approximately $9,000.00. Further investigation by detectives uncovered additional edible marijuana products, marijuana extracts, hashish, and oils belonging to him. Packaging materials, scales, packing machines, a money counter, and $50,000 were confiscated along with the seizure of two vehicles that were suspected narcotics proceeds.
Lester was released on $75,000.00.
Lester has been charged with possession of marijuana over 50g (fourth degree crime), possession of hashish over 5g (fourth degree crime), possession with intent to distribute marijuana over 5 lbs (second degree crime), possession with intent to distribute hashish over 1 ounce (third degree crime), possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 500 feet of a park (second degree crime), possession with intent to distribute hashish within 500 feet of a park (second degree crime), and possession of drug paraphernalia (disorderly person offense).
Detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Hamilton, and Trenton Police Departments participated in the operation.