With a warrant from a Colorado law enforcement agency, a man was arrested in San Angelo, Texas after a United Parcel Service employee reported a suspicious package to authorities. Johnny Wolfe, the 23 year old Texas man, has been under investigation in Colorado for more than a month, and is now in custody in Texas.
Wolfe allegedly mailed himself nine pounds of legal Colorado cannabis. Addressing the package to and from himself in Texas, he shipped it from a UPS store in Pueblo, Colorado.
Authorities reported that the package contained an estimated total of $63,000 worth of products. This total was divided between $58,000 worth of dried cannabis flowers, and $5,000 worth of edibles, wax, cough syrup and dermal patches. The 9 pounds of cannabis flowers were double-vacuum sealed.
Although Wolfe legally purchased all items at a recreational dispensary in Pueblo, it is illegal to carry all forms of Colorado cannabis across state lines. Wolfe is being held at the Tom Green County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond. He faces charges in Colorado for possession with intent to distribute. This is considered a class two felony which is punishable by 8 to 24 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.
photo credit: Pueblo Police
Eight United States Postal Service workers from a facility in Bethpage, NY are in custody today for intercepting and stealing mailed packages of marijuana.
Over 129 pounds of cannabis was recovered from this operation, but that was just a portion of what was intercepted from over 260 marijuana packages that have been processed at the Long Island Priority Mail sorting plant since May of this year.
Federal investigators were first clued in to this operation because of three large, empty packages that were left in the backyard of an abandoned house. Those empty boxes were tracked back to the Bethpage facility where packages of this size are processed and sorted in a alarm-protected part of the plant. When law enforcement investigated further, it was uncovered that the alarm had been disabled for months.
Luckily for investigators, the facility was equipped with security cameras, and all footage was readily available. The security videos clearly displayed the eight facility employees removing the packages from the plant after working hours.
The intercepted packages were reportedly originating mostly from California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon, and obviously the senders did not report their illegal marijuana packages stolen.
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