FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 30-year-old Clifton man was arrested in Fairfield on Thursday for second-degree possession of more than five pounds of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At approximately 1:15 p.m., management of Extra Space storage, a self-storage facility located on Route 46 West, contacted the Fairfield Police Department after receiving a package via U.S. Mail that they mistakenly thought was addressed to them and which they inadvertently opened. Inside the package were two vacuum-sealed packages of suspected marijuana, weighing approximately a pound each.
At closer examination, police said that management discovered the package was actually addressed to one of the storage units and decided to contact authorities.
While detectives were on scene, an individual contacted the facility claiming to be from the individual storage unit involved and asked if a package was delivered, according to police.
The individual was told the package had arrived, and a man identified as Mark Barsoum later arrived at the storage facility’s office to claim the package. According to police, Sgt. Jeffrey Didyk and Det. Jeffrey Dean immediately took Barsoum into custody and searched his vehicle.
Inside Barsoum’s vehicle was three pounds of suspected marijuana and approximately 1,200 vapor cartridges that were both empty and filled, police said. Further investigation revealed that several storage units in Fairfield, Totowa and Clifton had been rented using a false name, and that contraband emanating from California was then sent to each.
According to police, Barsoum had gone to each of these units on the day of his arrest to pick up the packages of suspected marijuana and cartridges. Police believe that the Fairfield storage facility was his last stop.
After being charged, Barsoum was taken to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark pending court action. There are potential additional charges pending, according to Fairfield police, who are continuing the investigation and will seek the assistance of federal authorities from the DEA and Postal Inspectors.