The principal of a Portland medical marijuana dispensary who was arrested on drug charges last month was seen in what appeared to be a “hand-to-hand” exchange of marijuana with another employee,, police said.
Andrew Bozzuto, 54, of the Northford section of North Branford, was works at CT Pharmaceutical Solutions, a marijuana production facility in a small industrial area of Portland, in the shadow of the Arrigoni Bridge.
On Oct. 2, Bozzuto turned himself in on a warrant charging him with illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription or dispensing and illegal possession, police said. He also surrendered his medical marijuana employee license.
According to Portland police, the state Department of Consumer Protection alerted them to a complaint about Bozzuto on June 30. Investigators learned that, the day before, Bozzuto had entered the facility’s “cure room,” removed marijuana from various bins, put them in what appeared to be a paper towel and placed it in his pocket, then left the room.
Bozzuto left the building, police said, and a short time later backed his vehicle up in the parking lot and stopped.
“There appears to be a brief, hand-to-hand exchange of an item with another employee,” police said in the release.
The Drug Control Division of the Department of Consumer Protection worked with Portland police on the investigation, according to the agency’s spokeswoman, Lora Rae Anderson. DCP officials said Bozzuto voluntarily surrendered his license within about two weeks of the agency receiving the complaint.
Although he surrendered his individual license, the company, which produces marijuana for medical purposes, is still operating. A lawyer for CT Pharmaceutical Solutions said this week that the company is cooperating with police.
State records on Friday still listed Bozzuto as the principal of CT Pharmaceutical Solutions.
Anderson said the facility was awarded a license in January 2014, one of four such operations to start up since the medical marijuana program started in Connecticut.
On Friday, Anderson said that to her knowledge, no one else has been arrested in the case. No one else has surrendered his or her license either, she said.
Courant Staff Writer Nicholas Rondinone contributed to this story.