Two New Jersey residents are charged after allegedly trying to undercut a licensed marijuana dispensary in Phillipsburg.
Warren County Prosecutor James Pfeiffer on Friday announced the arrests of a 35-year-old woman from Belvidere and 38-year-old man from North Arlington, Bergen County, following an eight-week investigation into the alleged distribution of unregulated marijuana in town.
Police had been alerted to the activity after the pair were spotted selling the cannabis outside the dispensary, Pfeiffer said. Phillipsburg’s state-licensed dispensary for medical and adult-use recreational marijuana is The Apothecarium on South Main Street.
“They set up their vehicle right in front of the dispensary and had a sign there offering marijuana for sale at discount prices,” the prosecutor told lehighvalleylive.com on Friday.
Pfeiffer elaborated that regulated marijuana is grown by a state-sanctioned facility under controlled conditions, while unregulated marijuana is not.
Following the months-long investigation by the prosecutor’s office’s Narcotics Task Force, the Phillipsburg Police Department and New Jersey State Police, authorities executed a search warrant on a 2003 Pontiac Montana minivan driven by the male suspect and a 2008 Hyundai Elantra driven by the woman, Pfeiffer said.
The search turned up around seven ounces of marijuana that authorities seized, along with both vehicles and $540, Pfeiffer said.