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18 pounds of marijuana seized, 2 arrested after investigation in Topsfield


TOPSFIELD, Mass. ( – An investigation into an alleged drug operation in Topsfield led to police seizing 18 pounds of marijuana and making two arrests.

Police executed a search warrant for an alleged drug operation on Central Street. During the search, they found a sophisticated marijuana cultivation operation and a BHO, butane honey oil manufacturing operation. They seized over 18 pounds of marijuana, over one pound on BHO, 78 marijuana plants and a lot of equipment used to manufacture and distribute narcotics.

The homeowner, Lani Soo Aldrich, 39, and Robert A. Whittington, 36, both of Topsfield, were arrested on charges of conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act; possession of a class C substance, BHO, with intent to distribute; manufacturing of a class C substance, BHO; possession of a class D substance, marijuana, with intent to distribute; and cultivation of a class D substance.

Both Aldrich and Whittington were arraigned Thursday and held pending bail.