MERIDEN — A city man has been charged after police say he was found with a little over seven pounds of marijuana and more than $5,745 in cash.
Carlos Matos, 23, of 16 Orient St., was charged Tuesday with possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, and possession of drugs near a prohibited place.
On Tuesday, Meriden police were notified that Matos was wanted in Wallingford on drug charges and that he would be selling a substantial amount of marijuana, according to a police report.
Authorities set up surveillance and saw Matos leave his Orient Street home around 8 p.m carrying a backpack. Officers followed Matos to the parking lot of a business at 1231 E. Main St. and saw him conduct what appeared to be a drug transaction, the report said. Police followed Matos to a Gulf Gas Station in Berlin, where he was arrested.
Police searched Matos and his car and found $5,745 in cash, 7.2 pounds of marijuana, 3.2 grams of ecstasy and 1 gram of cocaine, the report said.
The arrest warrant from Wallingford stems from an investigation where police used a cooperating witness to purchase Xanax from Matos. The warrant charges him with possession of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance.
During his arraignment in Meriden Superior Court on Wednesday, a judge set bond at $70,000 and continued the cases to Jan. 18.