Police arrest suspect after undercover FedEx misison

Published 7:55pm Friday, June 28, 2013

A FedEx package delivery landed three Selma residents in jail Wednesday.

According to Sgt. Jeffrey Hardy, with the Selma Police Department narcotics division, three Selma residents — who were all found in an apartment located within Craig Field, face first-degree marijuana possession charges following an unlawful delivery Wednesday.

“We received a tip that marijuana was being delivered to an area home through a FedEx package,” Hardy said. “We were able to locate the FedEx truck and search for the package.”

Hardy said officers found the package and then called in the assistance of Lt. Sam Miller and his K-9 officer.

“The K-9 officer targeted the package, which we then opened,” Hardy said. “Inside the package we did find marijuana. At that point, we resealed the package closed.”

Hardy said then, an undercover officer was dressed in a FedEx uniform, got behind the wheel of the FedEx truck and proceeded to the address listed on the package, which in this case was located on the 700 block of Mwenya Street in the Selmont area within Craig Field.

“The undercover agent took the package to the door, knocked on the door and one of the suspects — Jerry Washington — came to the door and signed for the package,” Hardy said. “The agent then left. After that officers proceeded into the apartment, where they found three suspects smoking marijuana and the package located nearby.”

Selma resident Washington, 34, joined 31-year-old Cody Parnell and 35-year-old Aesha Washington as the three suspects arrested and charged with first-degree possession of marijuana.

Each remains in custody at the Dallas County Jail under a $100,000 bond each.

Hardy said using mail delivery services, such as FedEx and UPS, to ship drugs is an increasing tactic for some. He also said this marked the third time this year, the Selma Police Department has received a tip of a delivery and used undercover agents, dressed in a delivery service uniform, to complete the delivery and help in arrests.

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