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Thursday, March 22 News

Police: Darien man had ‘drug factory,’ sold pot from home

DARIEN — Police arrested a 26-year-old man accused of selling marijuana and THC oil cartridges from his Raymond Street house.

Lt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr. said in a release, that “over the past several weeks, the Darien Police Detective Division developed information that narcotics were being sold from a residence located at 11 Raymond St. in Darien. As part of this investigation, detectives conducted several surveillances.”

On Feb. 28, officers observed activity that was consistent with a narcotics transaction. A follow-up investigation led to a search of the Raymond Street address and identified the resident as Nicholas J. Torcia, Marron said.

Marron said the search yielded a substantial amount of evidence that Torcia was distributing marijuana, THC oil cartridges, and vaporizer devices.

During the search, specifically, 385 grams of marijuana, 237 THC oil cartridges and 12 vaporizers were located and seized. The estimated street value of the contraband recovered was over $16,000. $635.00 in cash was also seized, Marron said.

Torcia was arrested on charges of operating a drug factory, possession of more than four ounces of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Torcia was held on a $50,000 bond ahead of a March 12 court date.