Distribution of marijuana and money laundering are the name of the game after 11 people were arrested by federal authorities in Texas yesterday morning, as Domingo Ramirez, Jr. reports for the Star-Telegram, resulting in federal drug charges.
Those arrested range in age from their mid-twenties to their fifties, and appear to be from cities ranging across Texas, including Dallas.
They are alleged to have mailed 12-pound packages of marijuana from various posts in Dallas to places in the St. Croix Virgin Islands, totaling more than $380,000 in money orders, as Ramirez reports.
Someone sent in a tip about the parcels back in 2009, prompting an ICE investigation that began with a dog sniffing out a marijuana-filled package at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.
The chief postal inspector in Fort Worth said, "These arrests should serve as a warning that postal inspectors will not tolerate the nation's mail system being misused to traffic narcotics."
Although, it should be said, marijuana is technically not a narcotic.
Source: Feds bust drug operation that spanned from North Texas to St. Croix, officials say