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Bennettsville man arrested after shipping marijuana through mail concealed as Christmas present

Walter Jones (Source: MCSO) Walter Jones (Source: MCSO)

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 25-year-old Bennettsville man was arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy after shipping marijuana through the mail concealed as a Christmas present to a child, according to a news release from Sheriff Fred Knight of the Marlboro County Sheriff’s Office.

Last week, the MCSO was contacted by authorities in Eureka, California about a group of men they had in custody. Some of them had ties to South Carolina and during the investigation it was discovered Walter Jones was also involved. The arrest in California was part of a seizure of a considerable amount of high grade exotic marijuana; the investigation revealed it was being shipped to different parts of the United States and to South Carolina.

The MCSO and United States Postal Service Postal Inspector intercepted a package going to Bennettsville on Thursday, November 23, 2015. The package was determined to be from the same group and contained illegal narcotics.

A controlled delivery was made to 2204 Willamette Road in Bennettsville, the home of Jones’ aunt and the MCSO then conducted video and audio surveillance. Jones was arrested after he arrived and once he had custody of the package. The home and car were searched after obtaining search warrants. During the search, marijuana, a handgun, cash and other valuable items of evidence were seized including the vehicle.

“This is another good example of team work among agencies. My investigators jumped on this information quick and coordinated a plan and were able to execute it. We have a lot of information that we seized and will be meeting with other agencies and the Postal Inspection Service to coordinate the next step,” Sheriff Knight said.

The drugs concealed to appear to be a Christmas present for a child was consistent with what was found in California. A review of evidence found on the cell phones seized and through the investigation, it was determined that the marijuana, as packaged, had somewhere between a $25-$30,000 street value. That value would more than double when it would be broken down and sold in smaller amounts, the release states. The packaged marijuana was marked by the different types and prices, and was all exotic. This is seen frequently on the West Coast.

The Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the arrest and surveillance, and SLED provided a narcotics K9. The MCSO will be working with the USPS Postal Inspector to detect and continue the investigation into the trafficking ring with other jurisdictions. The United States Attorney’s Office will also be consulted once all the evidence is compiled and reviewed.

According to the MCSO, Jones has no criminal record, but due to his California ties, bond was set on both charges at $200,000.

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