Police: Recording studio was base for marijuana trafficking

DANVERS — As the state’s new Cannabis Control Commission debates regulations for legalized marijuana, a black market continues to thrive for high-potency forms of the drug, police say. 

On Thursday, four men — including the owner of a Danvers recording studio, two other self-described music producers and a college student — were arrested on marijuana trafficking charges, following a fast-moving investigation that turned up more than 270 pounds of the drug. Police also seized thousands of dollars worth of a concentrated oil used in vaping and $137,000 in cash.

Gary W. Cioffi Jr., 34, of 9 John Road, Peabody, who owns Maximum Sound, a recording studio on Healey Court in Danvers, was using the business as a base to distribute marijuana, edible marijuana products, and cartridges of what is known as “butane honey oil,” a concentrated product that is injected into cartridges for vaping devices.  

Prosecutors say Cioffi was using Instagram to sell the products

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