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Whitman man had business cards for selling marijuana

WHITMAN, MA — enterprisenews.com

A 55-year-old Whitman man wasn’t shy about his drug dealing activity – he even printed business cards with his dealing hours and passed them out to the public to make money, police said.

The business cards of Michael Sansone bore a picture of a marijuana plant, the words “medical” and “for sale,” a phone number and “Ask for Mike,” and the hours of sales: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, police said.

“I guess he’s not an early riser. Only in America,” Deputy Police Chief Scott Benton said Tuesday.

Police arrested Michael Sansone, of 162 Harvard St., Whitman, after a woman had called police at 7:37 p.m. Saturday to report that a man had approached her in the parking lot of a Bedford Street business.

The man asked her if she was interested in buying marijuana, and opened the trunk of his car to show her, the woman told police.

“She panics, thinking he’s going to try to abduct her,” Benton said. The woman was able to obtain a vehicle plate number for police, he said.

Police, who had received other reports of Sansone giving out his business cards, obtained a search warrant for his home.

When officers went to his house and knocked on the door, Sansone told them: “ ‘Yeah, I’m just selling (marijuana),’” Benton said.

Inside the home and Sansone’s car, police recovered 3 ounces of marijuana, $330 in cash, and various drug paraphernalia including a scale, baggies, buckets, a notebook ledger and business cards. Police seized Sansone’s black 1999 Audi and cell phone, Benton said.

A state police K-9 unit and the BCI unit of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist.

Police charged Sansone with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and possessing marijuana.

He was arraigned on Monday in Brockton District Court and released on $40 cash bail. A pretrial hearing is planned for June 14.