A manager at an Extra Space Storage facility in Fairfield, N.J., last week stumbled upon two pounds of marijuana after mistakenly opening a package addressed to one of the company’s tenants. The manager notified authorities after realizing the parcel delivered by mail to 593 Route 46 W. contained two vacuum-sealed packages of the suspected cannabis, according to the source.
Shortly after detectives arrived on site, a man claiming to be the tenant called the property, asking if his package had arrived. He was told it had. When a man, later identified as Mark Barsoum, arrived to claim it, he was arrested. A search of his vehicle also turned up three pounds of suspected marijuana and 1,200 vapor cartridges, some of which were filled, police said.
Investigators also discovered that several other storage units in Clifton, Fairfield and Totowa, N.J., had been leased by Barsoum under a false name, and contraband from California was delivered to each. Barsoum had visited the facilities that day to pick up the packages. The Fairfield Extra Space was the last one on his stop, police said.
Barsoum faces charges of second-degree possession of more than five pounds of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia, the source reported. Additional charges are pending, according to police, who are still investigating the case.
Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Extra Space owns or operates 1,568 self-storage properties in 39 states; Washington, D.C.; and Puerto Rico. Its properties comprise approximately 1.09 million units and 119 million square feet of rentable space.
Tap Into, Marijuana Shipment to Fairfield Storage Unit Results in Arrest