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29 pounds of pot seized in Middletown

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5/30 middletownpress.com

The Middletown Police Street Crime Unit along with the Connecticut State Police State Wide Narcotics Task Force and the DEA have seized approximately 29 pounds of marijuana addressed to a Middletown man, police said Monday.

Detectives were advised that four boxes from a commercial shipping service were addressed to Roosevelt Freeman, 14 Traverse Square, Middletown, and possibly contained a large amount of marijuana. Two of the boxes remained at the shipping facilities annex in Louisville, Ky., which contained approximately 27.5 pounds of marijuana. The other two boxes (containing the 29 pounds) were allowed to continue on to their shipping destination, police said.

Theodore Roosevelt Freeman Jr., 43, had been the target of an investigation for marijuana sales, but no arrest was ever made, police said.

Detectives on May 17 conducted a controlled delivery of the two boxes containing the 29 pounds of marijuana to 14 Traverse Square. Johnnie Mae Mitchell, 58, the aunt of Freeman Jr., was observed taking the packages into her home, police said.

Detectives later entered the home and found Mitchell along with Theodore Roosevelt Freeman Sr., 65, the father of Freeman Jr. Both of the packages were also found inside the home, police said.

Freeman Sr. and Mitchell stated they had accepted the packages for Freeman Sr.’s son, Freeman Jr., who does not live in the home. Freeman Sr. said his son lives at 616 Long Hill Road and works at the U.S. Post Office on Silver Street. Both Freeman Sr. and Mitchell said they have accepted numerous packages in the past for Freeman Jr., all of which were similar in size and weight, according to police.

Both said they were supposed to contact Freeman Jr. as soon as these packages arrived, but never got around to it. Freeman Sr. and Mitchell stated Freeman Jr. usually retrieves the packages from their home the same day they are delivered, according to police. One of the packages weighed approximately 14 pounds and the other weighed approximately 15 pounds. Inside of each box were brick-shaped amounts of compressed marijuana, police said.

Freeman Jr. was contacted via telephone at his place of employment and stated he would come over to 14 Traverse Square in order to explain his involvement, but he never arrived. Detectives went over to the Post Office on Silver St. to speak with Freeman Jr. but were advised that he had just left without explanation and was no longer on the premises.

Johnnie Mae Mitchell and Theodore Roosevelt Freeman were both arrested and charged with possession of more than 4 ounces of marijuana, possession with intent to sell over one kilo of marijuana, and possession of marijuana with intent to sell within a public housing project. They were both released after posting $25,000 bonds.

An arrest warrant is being submitted to Middlesex Superior Court for Theodore Roosevelt Freeman Jr.

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