Pair charged with operating drug factory in Wallingford 



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WALLINGFORD — Two people face charges after police said they found over six pounds of marijuana in various stages of cultivation in an apartment. 

Nicholas Artaiz, 32, and Kyle Cocco, 25, of 222 N. Cherry St., 1st floor, were charged last week with operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell, sale of illegal drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance greater than half an ounce of cannabis. 

Police responded to a report of a physical dispute around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2020 in the area of 222 N. Cherry St., Sgt. Stephen Jacques said in a statement. Officers found large amounts of marijuana and processing materials inside the apartment on the first floor. 

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and found about six and a half pounds of marijuana in various stages of cultivation. Police also found materials used to process and package marijuana. 

The bond for Artaiz and Cocco was set at $25,000 each. Artaiz is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on April 12 and Cocco is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on April 15. 

lsellew@record-journal.com203-317-2225Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ



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