Editor's note: The following release was provided by the Massachusetts State Police.
On Tuesday, Massachusetts State Trooper Mark Hannon assigned to the Foxborough Barracks, arrested a 26-year-old man, Hieu Dien, of Everett, on Route 95 in Mansfield and recovered approximately 20 pounds of marijuana from a cedar-lined box.
Trooper Hannon was on patrol on the southbound side of highway when he observed a white 2009 Lexis sedan operating at a high rate of speed. Hannon pulled the vehicle over and immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana. He also observed marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the center console of the sedan.
After further conversation with the operator, Trooper Hannon determined the operator was not being truthful regarding his travel plans. At this time, Trooper Hannon contacted Trooper Robert Bohn, assigned to the State Police K-9 Section, and requested that he respond to the motor vehicle stop with his dog, who is certified in the detection of narcotics.
Moments later, Trooper Bohn arrived on scene and deployed K-9 Wyatt, who performed an exterior “sniff” of the vehicle. Wyatt immediately alerted to the presence of a narcotic odor emanating from the trunk.
After Wyatt finished the exterior “sniff,” Trooper Bohn conducted a search inside the trunk of 2009 Lexis. Trooper Bohn located a cedar-lined box and a trash bag and discovered a substance he knew to be marijuana inside the box and the trash bag.
Upon further investigation, 16 individually wrapped, vacuumed-sealed packages were discovered to contain a substance to be consistent with marijuana. The weight of the marijuana was approximately 20 pounds with a street value of approximately $30,000. Also seized was approximately $2,100 in US currency.
Dien was transported to the State Police Barracks in Foxborough where he was booked, charged, and held on $25,000 cash bail.
The arrested individual was charged with:
-Failure to Keep Right; and
-Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana.