Former 'Shark Tank' contestant arrested for drug possession totaling $80k

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A former “Shark Tank” contestant has been busted by the police for a multitude of drug charges.

Joseph Parisi appeared on the popular reality TV show in April 2017 when he and partner Nick Nevarez presented “Guard Llama” — a personal security device that promises a “one-button” connection to law enforcement. The pitch earned Parisi and Nevarez a $100,000 investment from judge Barbara Corcoran.

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Former "Shark Tank" contestant Joseph Parisi was arrested with possessing $80,000 worth of drugs.
(Kane County Sheriff’s Office)

In a statement provided to People magazine, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Postal Service inspectors and police all conducted a search on Parisi’s home in Geneva, Ill. on Fargo Blvd. last Wednesday.

After a two-week investigation into the former contestant, the warrant was executed to search Parisi’s home. Homeland Security officials were initially tipped off after becoming aware of a package believed to contain ecstasy — which was shipped from the Netherlands to a separate household on Kingston Drive. Police later learned that Parisi was using the Kingston Drive residence to accept packages.

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Joseph Parisi and partner Nick Nevarez present "Guard Llama" to "Shark Tank" hosts.
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Another package that contained 55 grams of ecstasy was intercepted with Parisi’s residence as the destination address.

Alongside the ecstasy, police also recovered “7 grams [of] psilocybin mushrooms, a small amount of cocaine, about 65 grams of cannabis and a small amount of ecstasy,” according to People.

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Police ultimately intercepted “two additional packages” and recovered about 508 additional grams of ecstasy. All drugs recovered were valued at over $80,000.

Following his arrest, Parisi was charged with controlled substance trafficking, manufacture/delivery of ecstasy, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to possess ecstasy, three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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