Police seize 24 pounds of marijuana
By Ashley Luthern
A 32-year-old Austintown man will be in court today, accused of drug trafficking after the seizure of a 24-pound bag of marijuana during an investigation by Boardman police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
A DEA supervisor in Tucson, Ariz., contacted the Youngstown DEA office Friday to relay information that a UPS employee reported a suspicious package, weighing about 30 pounds, that was bound for Erskine Avenue in Boardman.
Boardman police could not find the recipient’s name at the listed Erskine address in any database and intercepted the package Saturday at a UPS facility in Girard, according to reports.
A Boardman police dog sniffed the package and indicated the presence of narcotics, enabling police to receive a search warrant for the package, found to contain about 24 pounds of marijuana, police said.
A Boardman detective posed as a UPS delivery person and went to the Erskine residence about 11:40 a.m. Saturday with the package.
A woman answered the door and asked the detective to place the parcel at the side door, which he did. The woman removed the shipping label and carried the package to a vehicle in the front of the house. A short time later, a pickup truck backed into the driveway and the driver took the box and placed it into the bed of the pickup, records show.
Police stopped the truck driven by Daniel L. Carter, 32, of Austintown and took him to the Market Street station where he later was charged with attempted drug trafficking in vicinity of a juvenile.
Officers went back to the Erskine residence and got no answer when they knocked on the front door several times, so they forced their way in and saw several people in the living room and kitchen, including an infant and a 3-year-old child.
Police said the woman, who had answered the door earlier, was read her rights and she admitted that Carter asked her to receive the package, which she described as suspicious. The woman, who operates a daycare from the residence, is not facing any charges.
Police confiscated three cellphones on Carter and more than $1,000. He is expected to be arraigned today in Mahoning County Area Court in Boardman.