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ST. ANN, MO (KTVI) – Pounds upon pounds of high-grade marijuana are being shipped to the St. Louis area from states where the drug is legal.

Before marijuana was legalized in certain places, St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says it didn’t used to be like this. He explains, “We might’ve had 5 to 10 maybe in a year, but since I’ve started the narcotics unit here, I can tell you within the last year, these guys probably get one or two a week.”

Jimenez says it’s a lucrative endeavor, buying marijuana legally, then marking it up 250%, and selling it illegally. The money is often laundered through bank accounts.

Two St. Louis County men have just been charged after receiving U.S. Postal Service packages in St. Ann, filled with marijuana.  Christopher Stomer is charged with intending to sell a controlled substance, and Derek Rockette is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

However, U.S. Postal Inspector Dan Taylor says the problem extends well beyond St. Ann: “Just here in the St. Louis area, our postal inspectors have seized over 1,200 pounds of marijuana, from the mail, in the last year.  We’ve become very good at identifying those packages.”

Once postal inspectors spot a suspicious package, they’ll get a search warrant to open it. Then, based on the amount of marijuana inside, they’ll either federally investigate the case, or hand it over to local law enforcement. Either way, the person receiving the pot-filled parcel will be confronted.

Taylor explains, “If you do it, sooner or later it’s going to catch up to you, and you’re going to have a postal inspector knocking on your door.”

Police say marijuana is most commonly sent from Colorado and California, but the packages nearly always have fake names and addresses.

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14 comments

  • Saint Tann

    We should legalize marijuana and ban alcohol. It would bring in a lot of money. Alcohol is evil. There are many problems with alcohol. And beer is a cause of alot of crimes.

  • Dia

    It is a very lucrative business, , mr. Aaron.. It keeps you employed…yea?..the lawyers… All of you… Now I am not saying..it’s right but it sure seems to work out great for the state of good old missouri?…so how come…all vacationers what to go to Colorado?, They are makIng money hand over fist all mom and pop places…..does anyone listen to the news?..hey you guys wake up.. I would rather have a confrontation with someone who smoked (marawana…that don’t look right… I don’t know how to spell it!)…than drunk drivers.. Who take out family’s…and I also think most of you know that ….thank you got hearing my option

  • Kevin Hunt

    Law Enforcement is against legalization because they wouldn’t be able to torture, harass, kill, and rob the 40% of the population that has admitted to trying marijuana.

    Hawaii Drug Cops Raid Wrong House Looking For Marijuana

    According to the McCulleys’ subsequent lawsuit, the police entered the home quickly and threw Sharon McCulley and one of the grandchildren to the ground. They screamed profanities at her, put a knee into her back, and pushed a gun to her head, hard enough to leave an imprint of the barrel on her scalp. William McCulley was in the kitchen. Due to a nerve disorder, he used a walker and a leg brace. He also used an implanted device that delivers electrical impulses to help him manage pain. When the police ordered him to the floor, he was apparently too slow to respond, so an officer threw him down with violence. That caused his electrical device to malfunction. He began convulsing.

    The police had raided the wrong house. When they finally realized as much, they picked another house to raid. Still no box. Finally, on the third try, the police raided the home with Hibbitts, the box of marijuana, and two others inside.

  • Real Life

    They need to stop.worrying about marijuana which.solves a multitude if.problems nd start worrying about st. Louis crime dirty cops never help the African american community stop things beforr they.get bad.got everybody dying but worried bout some Tree! Get out of here. Everybody, here, Smokes!!! Legalize it. Crooked cops only care about quotas and shzt. Ive almost been killed twice n they aint did SHIIIZ

  • Real Life

    América lost sight of what it was the moment they employed a bullcrap government to take away our freedoms and.enslave us for.life

  • caliboss

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was an evil brainwashed, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana….changed the world

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country(now the majority), from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
    Deaths by Guns: Millions
    Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
    Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever

    AMERICA’S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

  • caliboss

    California, washington and Colorado thank you for keeping prices high and the $$$ rolling WEST…refilling any order for you in seconds…always…

    seriously, thanks a million (dollars)

  • This is a joke

    So if someone that hates you, decides to send you a package full of “Pot” you can be charged? What about if someone decided to send “Pot” to Judges, Lawyers, Police, ect. I bet they wouldn’t be charged with anything. Yet another example of why the marijuana prohibition needs to end.

  • Jim Greer

    The writing is on the Wall. Weed being illegal does not stop me or any of the thousands of people I know from using it. Law Makers are always behind the curve, in more than the obvious way.

  • The Truth

    Because drug dogs can’t be used for a period longer than like 2 hours due to some police code or some shit. It has something to do with their noses. Either way weeds going to become legal here soon anyway

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