PELHAM - Officials say a strong odor of marijuana led to a joint investigation by local and federal authorities ended with a Massachusetts man in custody on a weapons charge.
According to Pelham police, on April 14 dispatch received a call from a concerned citizen on Bridge Street, reporting a car in front of her that was “all over the road” and with an odor of marijuana coming from it.
A Pelham patrol officer located and stopped the car on Bridge Street by Jericho Road. According to police, the officer reported smelling a “very strong odor of marijuana” coming from the vehicle.
Pelham police said the vehicle was impounded and a search warrant was granted, with Pelham detectives contacting the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) to request their assistance with the case.
According to police, a four-week long investigation resulted in a federal arrest warrant issued for the driver, Ricardo Pierre, 29, of Billerica, Mass., on May 2, on a charge of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon.
Pierre was arrested on May 13 without incident at the Pelham police station. He was transferred to the custody of the ATF pending arraignment at the U.S. District Courthouse in Concord on Tuesday.