NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Nine months after its official opening, the new Berkley supermarket has a big problem.

The problem started last Wednesday, when the store received what it initially thought was a routine delivery.

“Negative news travels fast. I mean it’s coming out like wildfire,” said Pee Wee Thompson, Berkley’s unofficial mayor.

That’s what happened at the Berkley supermarket. A truck delivered a large package the size of two wardrobe boxes.

“This box has our address and it says ‘Berkley’ – the trucking company called to say they had sent it to the wrong address and were going to pick it up,” owner Mike Palmer said.

A few minutes later, Palmer says two men entered the store to inquire about the package.

The men were captured on store surveillance video and later identified by police as Lichuang Dai and Jianfeng Ma, both 32 years old.

“A few minutes later, the cops arrived. I think there was a guy who came to pick up the package. The police pull them over and the next thing I know there’s marijuana inside,” Palmer said.

It was a lot of marijuana, over 200 pounds, with a street value of $1 million.

Both men have been arrested and are in Norfolk Jail without bail.

Unfortunately, Palmer said, that’s where the coverage ended.

“They are not employees of the Berkley supermarket; they don’t work here, they’re not associated with anyone in this building.

A few days later, Norfolk Police issued a modified press release stating just that.

It seems that this place was used as a drop off location by Dai and Ma to receive the courier’s package without the knowledge of the supermarket staff.

Norfolk Constabulary

The unofficial mayor of Berkley wants the public to know the reputation of this black case.

“We use the slogan ‘we take care of our own.’ Without it, we would just be in a food desert.