Narcotics Agents Intercept Drugs Delivered Via The U.S. Mail
A Lafayette man was arrested Monday for receiveing drugs delivered from Colorado to Acadiana via the United State Postal Service.
Sheriff's spokesperson Lt. Clay Higgins said 20-year-old Darren Michael Thevenote was arrested for possession with intent to distribute Schedule I controlled dangerous substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Thevenote had arranged for two separate packages, each containing 1.5 pounds of marijuana, to be delivered to Acadiana. The packages, coming from Colorado, were disguised as coming from an online retail outlet. One package apparently made it to the suspect, but the other was intercepted by the St. Landry Parish Narcotics Enforcement Team. The total value of the marijuana is estimated to be at $27,000.
An undercover officer contacted Thevenote and arranged for the second package to exchange hands in Opelousas. Once the suspect received the box, narcotics agents swarmed the scene and made the arrest.
Higgins said pulled into a parking lot to receive a package containing 1.5 pounds of hydroponic marijuana that was apparently deliveded to the wrong address.
Thevenote was arrested and booked into the St. Landry Parish Jail, but has since been released on $25,000 bond.