CEDAR CITY - United Parcel Service discovered and stopped the shipment of three packages out of Cedar City containing 50 pounds of marijuana and being sent to Long Island, N.Y. on Monday, said Iron/Garfield Counties Narcotics Drug Task Force commander Dave McIntyre.
UPS officials opened the packages and found marijuana-filled Tupperware wrapped in plastic and holding liquid dish soap to mask the smell, which then leaked and made the boxes wet, McIntyre
A 35-year-old black male driving a silver Chevrolet HHR allegedly dropped the packages off at the UPS store at 646 S. Main St. and told the store one box contained a computer, McIntyre
said, but the sender was traced back to a phone number in Arkansas.
The Arkansas suspect refused to speak to McIntyre
tried to talk to him, he
The task force also contacted Long Island law enforcement, McIntyre
added, about the receivers in Long Island, but he
was not sure how the case would play out from there, although they could press charges.
"If we know something was coming in (to Cedar City), we would let it get delivered because someone has to sign for it," McIntyre
said, and then they would then make arrests on possession.
The local price for an ounce of marijuana is between $120-140, McIntyre
said, and this 50-pound supply could have been sold at $600 per pound, if not more for street price.
The last major marijuana bust the task force handled was last October in gardens between Washington, Iron and Garfield counties containing at least 33,000 marijuana plants, McIntyre