by Mick Dumke
Maybe this explains why people aren't using the postal service like they used to:
Middletown police say the search is over for the main suspect who was attempting to receive more than 56 pounds of marijuana through the mail.
Theodore Freeman, Jr., 43, walked into police headquarters Monday and turned himself in on drug charges, police said.
Last month, two boxes of pot, weighing about 29 pounds, were delivered to the Middletown home where Johnnie Mae Mitchell, 58, took the packages inside. Police said she accepted them for her nephew, Freeman.... Minutes later, police stormed the home and arrested Mitchell and her older brother Theodore Roosevelt Freeman, Sr., 65. Police said Mitchell and Freeman claimed the packages belonged to Freeman’s son.
Freeman Sr. told police his son lives on Long Hill Road and works at the post office. When detectives showed up to arrest Freeman Jr. at work, he was nowhere to be found. He had left work with no explanation, post office employees said.
Then again, not even the tightest ship in the shipping business delivers for everyone:
A Cicero man faces felony drug charges after authorities found 36 wooden clocks set to be delivered to the man hid more than 100 pounds of marijuana.
Roberto Carlin, 38, of the 1800 block of South 61st Avenue in the west suburb, has been charged with marijuana possession and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, according to a release from Cicero spokesman Ray Hanania.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials notified Cicero police that the federal agency had intercepted a shipment of marijuana in Kentucky that was addressed to someone in Cicero.
After federal investigators asked them to take over the case, on Monday, Cicero police picked up the three packages and brought them to Cicero. A police dog indicated all three packages contained marijuana, and Cicero police arranged with UPS to use an undercover officer and a real UPS truck to deliver the packages to Jose Gomez at what investigators later learned was Carlin’s address, according to the release.
Post this under missed connections:
Police didn't have to look far to find a man hoping to buy marijuana Thursday.
Michael Krebes, 31, of Vernon, put an ad on Craigslist looking to buy pot, police said.
Members of the East Central Narcotics Task Force answered the ad, and set up a location to meet Krebes.
Officers set up surveillance and waited for Krebes to arrive.
Sure enough, he showed up at the McDonald's on Main Street in Glastonbury Thursday, where police took him into custody.