Cops: Man made $72,000 of pot paste in Kent apartment

KENT — A 31-year-old man was arrested late last month on charges of making a potent marijuana wax, after police found $72,000 worth of the drug in his shared apartment on Kent Road last spring.

Police say Thomas M. Pocchia lived in an upstairs apartment in the clapboard colonial with Jesse Morin, who was found guilty of selling the stuff and sentenced to a three-year suspended jail term and three years probation in November. Pocchia now faces the same charge, a felony.

According to court documents, Pocchia and Morin were making marijuana wax — a smokable honey-like substance with higher THC than conventional pot — in the apartment, and intended to sell it. In a shared garage, the two had a cooler filled with 2 pounds, 10 ounces of marijuana wax, a plastic bag with 12.5 ounces of pot (in plant form) and the ingredients to turn the drug into a paste.

In Morin’s bedroom, police said they found more marijuana, and “wax” in Pocchia’s room. Police say Pocchia later admitted to making it. He initially told them he didn’t live on Kent Road, and that he just paid rent and kept his things there.

Police learned of the paste-factory after a third roommate, a 25-year-old woman, called them to report that a man in a ski mask had broke into the home.

Police didn’t find the ski-mask man, who left within minutes after the woman’s dog barked at him.

Pocchia has been released on $25,000 bail. He is next due in state Superior Court in Litchfield Jan. 24.; 203-731-3411; @bglytton