Providence man who received crates of pot sentenced to prison

Michael Chen, 40, of Providence was arrested after police found him with 112 pounds of pot. (Wareham Police Department photo)

A Rhode Island man who had more than 100 pounds of marijuana sent from California to a Massachusetts shipping company was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Michael Chen, of Providence, was sentenced after a Plymouth Superior Court jury found him guilty Wednesday of drug trafficking.

Chen, 41, was arrested in December 2017 after he picked up two large crates from a Cape Cod Express facility in Wareham that were listed as containing "plastics."

Shipping company officials called police to report the suspicious crates.

Chen denied knowing what was in the crates, but police said they found 109 pounds of marijuana in them.

Records show Chen received about 10 similar shipments previously, all from the same California address.

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