Postal Service, Police Crack Down on Marijuana

By: Patirck Claybon Email
By: Patirck Claybon Email

The Dothan Police Department and United States Postal Inspection Service conducted a joint operation that led to the recovery of 22 pounds of Marijuana" Said Police Chief John Powell at a press conference Tuesday.

That's right; the postal service. Drug dogs hit on the packages before they left the post office in Texas.

Then the inspection service notified Dothan police that boxes containing almost $40,000 worth of marijuana would make their way into the circle city this week.

Chief Powell says, "I don't want to just say the U.S. mail service, UPS, Fed Ex, or any other way to transport illegal substances. This is not anything new it's been going on for years."

During the planned delivery of the drugs, police say Equanda Chambers signed for the package at a home on East Selma Street. Then Albweeda Hall took the packages to his car. Both were arrested on trafficking charges.

Chief Powell says, “We have a great working relationship as evidenced by this the USPS we enjoy that relationship we want to tighten the ring around the bad guys just as hard as we possibly can."

At a press conference on Tuesday, Chief Powell displayed the tens-of-thousands of dollars and weapons recovered in just the past two weeks in drug operations, noting that there's still a long way to go.

"Hats are off to the guys who work narcotics, not just there, but with all law enforcement, because it's a tough job. It's dangerous work, as you can see by the weapons we've collected, but they do a tremendous job. The more we can take off the street the better off we are."

Federal investigators are working the case to see if they can find who initially sent the drug shipment. Neither suspect is a resident at the home where the delivery was scheduled on East Selma Street, and officials are fairly certain that the name on the package "Juan Lopez" is a fake.

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