An anonymous tip led to the discovery Dec. 29 of 168 pounds of marijuana inside a self-storage unit in Sausalito, Calif. The tenant was also apparently living in the unit at Marinship Self Storage, according to investigators. The unit had an electrical source, bed and cable television.
The self-storage tenant, Nicholas Pappas, 54, was arrested on suspicion of various drug violations and released on bail pending further review. Police told the source they didn’t release the information until this week because the investigation was ongoing.
Police found about 40 pounds of marijuana inside the unit and another 120 pounds behind a false wall, Sausalito Police Lt. Kurtis Skoog told the source. The drugs are valued at $419,000. Police also seized suspected drug paraphernalia, 3.7 grams of suspected cocaine and 15 grams of concentrated cannabis. According to the source, Pappas told police he grew the marijuana in Mendocino County then transported it to the self-storage facility.
The self-storage manager, Mike Johnson, told the source he didn’t know Pappas was living in the unit or storing marijuana.