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Alaskan Man Arrested After $15,000 Ecstasy Package Intercepted

A 27-year-old Fairbanks man was arrested after US Customs intercepted his package containing 487 Ecstasy tablets.

The package, sent from the Netherlands, was initially discovered by Homeland Security. US Customs and Border Protection agents were then tipped off. The package was shortly thereafter opened by federal agents at a San Francisco USPS sorting facility. Investigation documents note that the package did not have a tracking number and was addressed to Dontell Rashad Jones in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Secure shipping channels carried the package of ‘Green Ghosts’ from San Francisco to investigators in Fairbanks. A Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit received the pills, repackaged them, and arranged a controlled delivery. According to the criminal complaint filed shortly after his arrest in early September, the CD was successful. After Jones accepted the package, local police obtained a warrant to search his property.

Jones was found with the opened package not long after delivery. The Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit reclaimed what the pills, amounting to 126 grams of Ecstasy. In Fairbanks, the pills sell for between $20 and $40 and have a total street value of $15,000. The quantity of drugs and estimated value provided by local law enforcement led to his Class A felony charge.

The Fairbanks man was charged with felony second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. At the time of his arrest, Jones was still under the conditions of a prior fourth-degree assault charge. The criminal complaint makes a note of his prior charges and how the new arrest violates the agreement reached following the assault charges.

In Alaska, the penalty for a Class A felony is imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine up to $250,000.

Jones’s arrest reveals the kind of collaboration between government agencies similar to what has been seen in other busts. From the few details made publicly available, US Homeland Security was the first US agency to pick up the package. Homeland Security then collaborated with US Customs and Border Protection. US Customs and Border Protection worked with USPS and USPIS in San Francisco. An Alaska Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit was next in line. Fairbanks Police Department made the final move: the arrest.

At least six US agencies were involved.

Details regarding how Homeland Security got wind of the package have not been released. Based solely on acceptance of the package during a controlled delivery, a successful prosecution is likely. As seen in many recent raids, a successful controlled delivery is ample evidence for a conviction.

5 comments

  1. there was another bust of these same pills same vendor month ago. and it too was tipped off to homeland security first then customs…crystal-dream-store

  2. OKAY PEOPLE! STOP OPENING YOUR PACKAGES RIGHT AFTER YOU FUCKING GET THEM!!! IF YOU ARE ORDERING A BUNCH OF FUCKING PILLS OR 20 GRAMS OF BLOW YOU ARE WAY MORE LIKELY TO GET CAUGHT!!! IF YOU WAIT ONE DAY TO OPEN UP YOUR PACKAGE YOU WILL HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE TO SAY, “uM YEA I HAVE NO IDEA, I GOT THIS PACKAGE BUT HAVEN’T ORDERED ANYTHING LATELY.’ PEOPLE ARE FUCKING DUMB THESE DAYS.

  3. when you get your package – GO OUT THE HOUSE AND TO THE FUCKING DELIVERY PLACE IT CAME FROM TO RETURN IT – IF YOU ARE STOPPED YOU DONT KNOW ANYTHING

    PEOPLE ARE GETTING TO EXCITED WHEN THEM PACKS ARRIVE, CHILL, TAKE YOUR TIME,
    DO NO OPEN THE PACKAGE .
    HAVE A SAFE GUARD WHEN DELIVERY ARRIVES,
    HAVE SPOTTERS TO WATCH FOR DELIVERY,

    ANYONE COULD HAVE SENT HIM THAT PARCEL, IF ONLY HE WAS SMART ABOUT HIS ACTIONS AFTERWARDS, HE COULD HAVE SAID ANYONE SENT IT AS LONG AS THERE IS NO OTHER EVIDENCE

  4. Or you can simply only do domestic with no signature. SWIM will never fuck with customs. If your pack doesn’t arrive within 4-5 days, consider anybody asking you to sign for the pack as LE. Accept that somebody fucked up and charge it to the game. Don’t play games with your life.

  5. The 6 agencies involved probably cost hard working tax payers well over $250K….for a $15K violation??? Let’s get real, this type of arrest is BS.

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