Two men have been booked for allegedly accepting a 60-pound FedEx package stuffed with marijuana in Abita Springs on April 29.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detected the package passing through FedEx’s Memphis hub on April 25, police said. They then arranged a controlled delivery with Louisiana State Police and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. After 57-year-old Alfred Flint Jr. accepted the package, police said, they went in with a warrant and discovered another man, 47-year-old Hector Gonzalez, taking marijuana out of the box.
A photo provided by State Police showed tightly wrapped bales inside an ordinary-looking brown box.
Police said they also found a small arsenal inside the residence: a .380 caliber handgun, two shotguns and two rifles. Another gun listed as stolen in Jefferson Parish was found inside Gonzales’s Covington home, police reported.
Both men have been booked on possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Flint has been booked for possession of a stolen firearm.
CBP has inspectors inside FedEx’s Memphis air hub, but shipments of illegal cargo are a constant nagging issue for both that company and rival UPS.