EDWARDSVILLE — Authorities have recovered more than $50,000 worth of marijuana from Telegraph area residences after postal inspectors in Hazelwood, Mo., noticed a smell of the drug coming from eight packages.
Four similar-looking packages each were addressed to a property in Godfrey and an address in Bethalto, but once postal inspectors became suspicious last November, drug agents from Illinois State obtained an “anticipatory search warrant” for each residence.
A sworn statement filed by a member of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois stated a Hazelwood postal sorting hub inspector noticed the marijuana smell, along with the scent of a dryer sheet, which is often used to blunt the smell of marijuana.
A drug sniffing dog alerted on the packages, and postal authorities alerted Illinois State Police. An officer obtained the search warrant last November, but the warrant stated that the packages had to be taken inside the residences before officers could conduct a search.
The officers filed a document Wednesday, called a “return,” that stated 10,000 grams of marijuana were recovered from a home in the 900 block of Koenig Drive, Godfrey and another from the 300 block of Hickory Drive, Bethalto.
Ten-thousand grams is about 22 pounds. The cheapest marijuana sells for about $1,200 per pound, but the better grades can cost up to $3,000.
The address from which the boxes were sent was in Van Nuys, Calif., but officers said the address appears to be bogus.
The packages were addressed to two individuals, but neither county nor federal criminal records show any charges against the individuals.
Sanford J. Schmidt can be reached at 618-463-2558 or Twitter @sanfordjschmidt.