PLYMOUTH - A Plymouth man has pleaded not guilty to a number of drug charges after police found 232 pounds of marijuana and more than $20,000 in his home last month.
Erik White, 31, of 480 South Eagle St., stood before a judge Wednesday morning in Bristol Superior Court for the first time since his arrest March 20. During the brief hearing, his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to all charges on his behalf.
White is facing charges of operation of a drug factory and delivery of drug paraphernalia and three counts each of sale of certain illegal drugs and possession of a controlled substance. He is free on $150,000 bond, and is due back in court on May 23.
According to the arrest warrant in the case - which had previously been sealed - police were told in February by an informant, whose identity has been withheld, that White was involved in the trafficking of marijuana, hash oil, marijuana edibles - marijuana infused with food - and cocaine in Plymouth. The operation, the document continued, extended into Bristol and Waterbury.
Police, the warrant said, then set up a controlled drug transaction in early March with White, who goes by the street name “Fat,” and the informant. The informant met with police before driving to White’s home and going inside.
The informant came out shortly thereafter and met with police again. Officers were then given marijuana that had allegedly been bought from White. The warrant does not say how much marijuana or money changed hands.
Police noted in the four-page document that officers were constantly observing the informant as he drove to White’s home, entered and exited, and drove away.
Officers set up another similar controlled drug deal with White later in March before searching his home March 17. During the search, officers found 232 pounds of marijuana, $22,894 in cash, a large assortment of THC "edibles," "wax" - which is also known as hash oil - psilocybin "magic" mushrooms, four digital scales, multiple cell phones and other drug paraphernalia.
Following the search, the home’s occupant, Robert White Jr., 33, was taken in custody and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released without having to post any bond. His case is still pending.
Erik White was not charged until three days after the raid.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.