A Montville diner owner was arrested last month after police said she was found with eight pounds of marijuana inside her restaurant.
Police arrested 39-year-old Melanie Lamperelli, who owns Mel's Diner. She is facing multiple drug charges including possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of marijuana within 1500 feet of a school/daycare and possession of more than 4oz of marijuana.
On March 30, officers found a large amount of marijuana in the attic of Mel's Diner, which is located on Route 163. Officers were there that day because they received a report about an upstairs outside door having been open.
After locating the marijuana, police were granted a warrant and were able to search the property and inside the restaurant. The K9 for the Montville Police Department's Narcotic Detection located even more marijuana on the main level near food preparation area.
Police said they seized eight pounds of marijuana along with drug paraphernalia and marijuana plant-like material.
Lamperelli told police that the marijuana found by police was hers. She told police that she “had been saving it for baking at a later date.” Lamperelli also told police that she did not grow marijuana.
"I'm not selling it. I have not put it into baked goods or given it out to other people," Lamperelli said in a statement to police.
She added “that someone dropped off a tote with what looked like grass clippings, but when she opened it she knew it was marijuana.”
The Uncas Health department is investigating the incident after being notified by police.
Lamperelli was arraigned at Norwich Superior Court on Monday. Her next court appearance is on June 6 where she is awaiting to enter a plea.
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