Marijuana In The Mail

(Photo courtesy of Linden Police)

(Photo courtesy of Linden Police)

LINDEN — Police arrested two Woodbridge residents on Friday after they allegedly went to pick up a package containing eight pounds of marijuana at the Linden post office.

Elaine Marie Lucas, 49, of the Iselin section of Woodbridge, and Zachary E. Cohen, 25, of the Fords section of Woodbridge, were both charged with  possession and distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, and distribution within a school zone and a park zone. They were taken to Union County Jail in lieu of $150,000 cash bail, pending a court date.

The arrests were the result of  a joint investigation between the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Linden Police Narcotics Unit. Postal authorities received information on the shipment and contacted Linden narcotics detectives once they learned its intended destination.

Lucas claimed the package on Aug. 2 at 12:25 p.m. According to police, it contained marijuana with a street value of $51,200, sealed in plastic in separate bundles. Detectives placed her under arrest.

Cohen, who was waiting outside the post office for her in a black Chevy Monte Carlo, sped off when he saw her being detained, police said. Additional officers who were conducting surveillance outside the post office followed him and stopped him a few blocks away, and he was also arrested.

The charges are merely accusations; the suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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