Two men arrested after selling cannabis out of a van in a Walmart parking lot in Naugatuck

Two men were arrested in Naugatuck on Friday after they allegedly sold cannabis and related products out of a van marked with “Mobile Dispensary” in a Walmart parking lot in town, according to Naugatuck police.

The Naugatuck Police Department received complaints on Thursday and Friday of a van advertising cannabis sales in the Walmart parking lot on New Haven Road in Naugatuck. Police were told the operator of the van was “openly advertising and selling” cannabis from the van, police said.

Officers spoke to two men in the van, who were both arrested on Friday following an investigation into their alleged activities. The investigation revealed the two men, a 30-year-old from Bridgeport and a 25-year-old from New York, were selling cannabis and CBD-related items without a dispensary permit. Cannabis is recreationally and medically legal in Connecticut, but proper licenses are required to sell or distribute it.

The van was seized and the men were charged with the sale of a controlled substance not narcotics, conspiracy to commit the sale of a controlled substance not narcotics, fourth-degree money laundering, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree money laundering and illegal sales without a sales tax permit.

The men were held on a $5,000 bond and were scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Friday.