Barrington monastery the site of drug drop


A strange delivery was made to the Carmelite Monastery property in Barrington on Sunday, Dec. 8.

At about 2:30 p.m., a nun at the monastery called police to report that someone dropped off a package underneath a bush near the parking lot. She told police that the person — she said the individual appeared to be a teenager — had gotten back into his car and driven away from the lot.

Some folks from the monastery then went to see what was in the package and were surprised to see a green leafy substance in plastic bags. They told police they believed the substance was drugs.

Officers responded to the monastery and spoke with people there. It appeared that the package contained about 4 ounces of marijuana (the report stated the substance had not yet been field tested).

A nun also told police that after they brought the package inside the monastery, a car had been seen driving back and forth in front of the Watson Avenue building.


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