Large Amount of Crystal Meth Seized in Valentine’s Day Package

BOSTON, Feb. 11, 2013—A Chelsea man was arraigned last week on drug trafficking charges after local, state, and federal investigators recovered about $10,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine from a Valentine’s-themed package sent to his home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

LAWRENCE LIGOCKI (D.O.B. 6/23/50) was arraigned Thursday in Chelsea District Court on charges of trafficking in a Class B substance and possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute. The charges reflect almost 100 grams of the drug recovered from a teddy bear in a package Ligocki accepted and a smaller amount recovered from his Willard Street home.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Miller recommended $100,000 cash bail, citing the large quantity of the powerful and addictive stimulant and its high cash value. Judge Benjamin Barnes imposed $150 bail.

Postal Inspectors on Feb. 5 notified State Police of a suspicious package sent via Express Mail and addressed to “Larry Lajoicki” at Ligocki’s address. State Police responded to the General Mail Facility in Boston with a drug-sniffing dog, which alerted on the package. Investigators then obtained a warrant to search the package on delivery.

Troopers of the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit, Chelsea Police, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents, and US Postal Service inspectors executed a controlled delivery of the package on Feb. 6.

A postal inspector posing as a mail carrier knocked on Ligocki’s front door and, when Ligocki answered, said he had an Express Mail package that was a day late. Ligocki allegedly answered, “I know.”

Ligocki signed for the package, at which point the inspector identified himself and informed Ligocki that a drug-sniffing dog had alerted on the package. At this point, Ligocki allegedly stated that he wasn’t expecting a package.

Investigators provided Ligocki a copy of the search warrant and opened the package. Inside were several heart-shaped Whitman’s Sampler chocolate boxes and a stuffed teddy bear. Secreted within the bear were three bags of a substance that field-tested positive as crystal methamphetamine.

Ligocki was taken into custody and a search warrant was executed on his home. An additional bag also believed to contain methamphetamine was recovered from a glass jar.

Ligocki was represented by attorney Chester Fernandez. He will return to court on March 4.


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