A California man was arrested after authorities in South Jersey seized a shipment of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $1 million.
Fifteen boxes of pot, weighing a total of about 250 pounds, were in a cargo container sent from California to a Delran public storage facility last week, and Thomas Arnold, 55, of Santa Barbara, was arrested last Wednesday, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Delran Police announced Tuesday.
Arnold, accused of arranging the shipment, was sent to Burlington County Jail on charges of drug possession and possession with intent to distribute. Bail was set at $250,000 cash.
The U.S Drug Enforcement Adminstration and New Jersey State Police assisted Delran Police and the Gang, Gun and Narcotics Task Force of the county prosecutor's office.
"The message to dope peddlers is very clear: We are out there, every day, looking for you," said County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi. "If you plan on plying your trade in Burlington County, we will find you, arrest you, and bring you to justice."