Laveen Suspects "Click-N-Ship" 3,700 Pounds of Pot by U.S. Mail in Three Years, Feds Say

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A Laveen-based group shipped nearly two tons of pot through the U.S. Mail in the past three years, a federal indictment states.

Oneil Watson (a.k.a. Richard Powell), was indicted on Friday, and Kerry Ann Hoo, Marlon Powell, Albert Kelly, Rebekah Robertson and Priscilla Zuniga were indicted on February 25th in a separate proceeding, all concerning the suspected large-scale pot-shipping scheme.

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Hoo, who had addresses in Arizona and New York, was apparently one of the ringleaders, according to Watson's indictment. Investigators have her on video at various Arizona post offices mailing packages suspected to have contained marijuana.

Members of the group rented at least three homes in Laveen, but would mail the packages from other cities and towns. In February, investigators seized a package that Hoo mailed from Cottonwood; it had about eight pounds of pot and had been headed to a Philadelphia address.

Investigators determined that from December 1, 2010, to February 25 of this year, the organization mailed 352 parcels through the U.S. Mail with a total of about 3,700 pounds of marijuana. Parcels had been shipped from Arizona and Nevada, with destinations in Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania and New York.

Hoo reportedly made good use of the postal service's "Click-N-Ship" program, which allows computer users to generate mailing labels and simply drop off a package at a post office without waiting in line. While convenient, the system apparently helped authorities track what Hoo and the others were doing. Agents with the Postal Inspection Services set up a surveillance operation and watched as Watson, who's from Georgia, Hoo, and others mailed packages over several weeks.

Watson was arrested at a Laveen rental home on Friday. Hoo and Marlon Powell were in the home at the time, but no arrest information was available for them. Agents seized about 10 pounds of marijuana, three handguns, two rifles and a shotgun.

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16 comments
PHX 24
PHX 24

damn... we missed out!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

And today, another few THOUSAND POUNDS of pot was shipped via USPS, UPS and FedEx all over the U$A.



Jeffrey Ronk
Jeffrey Ronk

Michael Mugits????? Is the Postal Service supposed to open every package to make sure people can't be honest???? And FYI Postal Service get a big fat ZERO from yours or anyone else's taxes. Learn something before you write foolish things.

Michael Mugits
Michael Mugits

Lmfao. How long where they getting away with it? Such faith in our money spent on stamps and taxes.

jeanjb
jeanjb

so thats where my package from laveen went!

azweasel
azweasel

Well there's the pot calling the kettle black. No pun intended numb nuts.

death8jimmy
death8jimmy

@azweasel It's not his fault man. He lives in a state where having under an ounce is a felony. not to mention those ridiculous senate bills. good thing i got out of there when i did. everyone needs to leave arizona and let all the old rich white folk be happy in there bigotry.

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