Brian Lee | Telegram & Gazette
WEBSTER – Police arrested a 20-year-old Shrewsbury man who allegedly put black-market marijuana in packaging from a popular California dispensary, an apparent scheme to trick customers to believe it was higher-quality cannabis.
Mark Kabundi of 33 Sheridan Drive, Unit 4, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and two counts of possession of a Class B substance (Ecstasy and Adderall). He was arraigned in Dudley District Court.
According to authorities, Officer Joseph Stephens saw Kabundi allegedly speeding on East Main Street about 1 a.m. Friday. Stephens eventually caught up to the car on Interstate 395.
As the officer approached the vehicle, he allegedly smelled marijuana while speaking to Kabundi. There were four passengers in the rented vehicle.
Officer Spencer Donovan arrived to join the investigation.
Investigators saw a pill bottle that contained Adderall. It had black marks and no identifying information, according to police.
Sgt. Joseph Reed and state Trooper Spiridon Perdikomatis arrived.
Police said they found a single pill that was identified as MDMA, or Ecstasy, and a scale with marijuana residue in the trunk.
There were also 36 marijuana packages labeled “Jungle Boys,” a stack of unused packages labeled “Jungle Boys” label, and another scale.
Jungle Boys brand is a well-known dispensary in the Los Angeles area.
After further investigation, it was discovered the packages were counterfeit and had been obtained from China.
Police said Kabundi tricked customers into believing they were getting superior marijuana.