Two suspects were arraigned Monday in Brookline District Court and one will be arraigned Wednesday after being arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute within a park zone.
One of the suspects is a Boston University student, police officials said.
Brookline Police Department officers arrested three young males, including a Boston University student, on Oct. 17 after the suspects allegedly received a shipment of marijuana in their Freeman Street apartment building, according to the Brookline Police blog.
Officers arrested BU student Jesse Pomponio, 24, Wednesday afternoon zone, Brookline Detective Sergeant William Riley said.
Riley said he could not confirm if Pomponio was an undergraduate or a graduate student.
According to the BU Directory, Pomponio is a College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate student.
Brookline Police received a call from a Sacramento, Calif., police drug-task force officer saying a package containing four to five pounds of marijuana had been sent to a tenant of the Freeman Street apartment, according to the Brookline PD blog.
Brookline responded to the apartment and spoke with front desk security officers at about 3:30 p.m., the blog stated. Security officers told police certain tenants picked up packages sent to another tenant.
Security officers told police the package was addressed to a person who was not actually a tenant of the building, the blog stated.
Riley said police also arrested Luyun Zhang, 21, and Stephen Alexandrescu. Both are students at local colleges, but not BU.
The three suspects are charged with possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute within a park zone, according to the blog.
Police executed a search warrant at the Freeman Street apartment and found 10–15 pounds of marijuana and $117,000 in cash.
Riley said he believes the three suspects were released on bail.
Although marijuana possession was decriminalized in Massachusetts in 2009, the law only reduces possession of one ounce or less of marijuana from a criminal offense to a civil infraction punishable by a $100 civil penalty and forfeiture of the contraband, according to legislation.
Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in California is an infraction punishable by a maximum $100 fine as of Jan. 2011 legislation. Possession of larger amounts of marijuana is a misdemeanor and possession with intent to sell is a felony.
Patients and doctors are permitted to possess and cultivate medical marijuana with a physician’s recommendation in California, but may not distribute or sell.