More than two pounds of marijuana seized by police

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WEBSTER — Police seized more than two pounds of marijuana and arrested a pair of area men on Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a local convenience store.

According to information released on Friday afternoon, Ruben Viruet-Stevens of Worcester and Allan Putellis of Webster were taken into custody after Webster Police Officer Bruce Hamm conducted a traffic stop in the parking lot of Honey Farms on Gore Road. The traffic stop occurred when Hamm discovered the vehicle in front of him was being driven by Viruet-Stevens, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to the Webster Police Department.

Viruet-Stevens, 28, was immediately placed into custody after complying with the traffic stop. In the process, however, Hamm reportedly “observed a large amount of money scattered around the front seats of the car,” in addition to “a large amount of what appeared to [sic] Marijuana shavings all over the front of the car.”

Police searched the vehicle, uncovering more loose money as well as a bag containing “what appeared to Marijuana,” and a digital scale that authorities said would be “commonly used to sell Marijuana.” In the vehicle’s trunk, police found a pair of bags that each contained about one pound of marijuana.

Following his arrest, Viruet-Stevens, a Falmouth Street resident of Worcester, was searched and “a small amount of Marijuana, and a large amount of money, were found on his person,” affirmed police.

According to law enforcement, more than two pounds of marijuana, valued at approximately $3,000, was seized in addition to $903 in cash.

Viruet-Stevens, in addition to being arrested on an outstanding warrant, was charged with possession of a Class D substance with the intent to distribute, and with conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Putellis, the vehicle’s passenger, was also removed from the vehicle by police. He would be charged with possession of a Class D substance with the intent to distribute, and with conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Police reported Putellis and Viruet-Stevens were each arraigned in Dudley District Court on Wednesday.

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