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Mailed pot leads to charges for teens


November 09, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Four of five local teenagers arrested on Monday, Nov. 1 in relation to an incorrectly shipped package containing an estimated four pounds of marijuana have been released on personal recognizance awaiting their next court dates.

According to Sturbridge Police Sgt. Kevin Mercier, the incident began on Wednesday, Oct. 27 when a suspicious looking package was sent from San Francisco to an unidentified Holland residence. The homeowners returned the package to the post office because it had been shipped to a man who did not live at that address.

"Multiple individuals tried to claim the package after it was returned," Mercier said. "Since none of them had valid identification, we thought that something illegal might be afoot."

Two of those individuals who allegedly attempted to pick up the package without proper identification were Tantasqua Regional High School students Raymond Kimball, 17, of 707 Pleasant St., in Rochdale, and Kristina Trifone, 17, of 24 Forest Road in Brimfield.

Kimball and Trifone were both arraigned on Thursday, Nov. 4 in Dudley District Court, then released on personal recognizance. They are charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, conspiracy to violate a drug law, and distribution of marijuana. They are scheduled to attend a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Sean Martin, 18, of 28 Over the Top Road, Holland, Ryan Rappold, 18, of 34 Willard Road, Sturbridge, and Joshua Therrien, a 17-year old student at Tantasqua, of 89 Sturbridge Road, Holland were arraigned on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at Worcester District Court. Rappold and Therrien were released on personal recognizance, while bail was set at $5,000 for Martin. Martin was charged with drug possession and carrying a dangerous weapon. The charges were filed on Saturday, Aug. 8. All three men are scheduled to attend a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 30.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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