TAKOMA PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Takoma Park Police say two men were arrested on drug charges after officers responded for a residential burglary alarm on Thursday morning.
Twenty-eight-year-old Vincenzo Alfieri of Takoma Park and 27-year-old Jeffery Morsch of Raleigh, North Carolina have been charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substance manufacturing material, possession of controlled dangerous substance proceeds, possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana- large quantity), and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Officers arrived in the 500 block of Belford Place at approximately 11:01 a.m. Officers spoke with Vincenzo Alfieri, who told them the alarm was accidently triggered and that there was no need for police to be there. According to officers, Alfieri appeared to be extremely nervous and uncomfortable of they asked him if everything was okay inside the residence. Alfieri then gave consent for them to enter, according to police.
When officers stepped into the home "a strong odor of marijuana was detected," say police. An investigation revealed two large plastic bags of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in plain view.
Officers immediately arrested Alfieri and Jeffery Morch, who was found near the marijuana, was also arrested. Officers searched Morsch and found him in possession of drug paraphernalia. They took them to the Central Processing Unit (CPU) without incident.
After the execution of the search and seizure warrant, approximately more than 18 pounds of marijuana was discovered and seized along with more than $68,000 in cash. Miscellaneous drug paraphernalia was also recovered.
Police officials say this case is one of the largest drug investigations in the Takoma Park Police Department's history.