The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) announced that three people were arrested (Alex Campbell, Frederick Campbell and Temario Wiley) on drug trafficking charges after police found a large amount of marijuana that had been delivered by UPS to a house on Praver Drive in Jacksonville. The Jacksonville police also seized $500,000 and guns incident to the arrests. According to the article at News4Jax.com, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were also involved in the drug trafficking investigation.
It is not uncommon for an investigation in Jacksonville, Florida or anywhere else for that matter to begin and end this way. Police will often receive a tip of drug related activity from a buyer of illegal drugs or someone involved with or associated with the suspects who has been arrested and then provides information about others to avoid, or reduce his/her exposure to, jail or prison. This way, the police will work their way up the chain to try and arrest those people who are more prominent in selling drugs or bringing them into the city. It is also not uncommon for people to send drugs to each other via UPS, Federal Express, the United States Postal Service and other commercial delivery companies. However, there are employees of those entities who are trained to detect packages containing drugs and when they find such a package, they will alert the police who will bring a drug dog and/or seek a search warrant for the package. If the police decide to conduct a controlled delivery of the package to the intended residence, legal questions arise as to whether the drugs and/or knowledge of the drugs can be attributed to the person who accepts the package and anyone living in or present in the home when the package is delivered.
If you have been investigated or arrested on drug trafficking or other drug charges, contact a law firm whose attorneys understand the many legal issues that are present in drug cases so your rights can be protected.