Couple caught mailing marijuana

By Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer October 26, 2012 10:26 pm

A Brookings man and woman are facing multiple marijuana charges after an astute businessman became suspicious of a package they were trying to mail at his store on Thursday.

“The phone numbers and the addresses weren’t adding up, and the way the box was packaged seemed funny,” said Mike Roberts, owner of Village Express Mail Center on Railroad Street.

Roberts alerted police, who arrested Kelli Walsh, 23, at the store and Tobias Rose, 39, a short time later.

The box the pair was attempting to mail contained about 6 pounds of dried marijuana, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

Police also searched the couple’s residence on 1332 Heather Lane, where they found an indoor growing operation with 23 marijuana plants, Dotson said.

 

The box the pair was attempting to mail contained about 6 pounds of dried marijuana, said Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson.

Police also searched the couple’s residence on 1332 Heather Lane, where they found an indoor growing operation with 23 marijuana plants, Dotson said.

Rose was arrested and booked into the Curry County Jail Thursday. Walsh was arrested, cited and released, but was expected to appear later in court. Both were charged with unlawful manufacturing, possession and distribution of marijuana.

The incident began early Thursday afternoon when the pair brought the package to the store and Roberts became suspicious.

“They weren’t suspicious at all, they didn’t match the stereotypical look or image associated with (marijuana), but the package was,” Roberts said. 

He said people try to send drugs or some other type of illegal material using his mailing service three or four times a year.

“This time the package was wrapped very tightly; all the seams were covered,” Roberts said.

He described the box has being 18 by 18 inches and weighing very little.

After the couple left, Roberts called the Brookings Police Department. Several officers and a drug-sniffing K-9 arrived and the dog determined the box contained marijuana. 

Shortly after the police left with the package, Walsh returned to check on the status of the package, Roberts said. He called 911 and officers arrived in moments and took Walsh into custody.

“The police took her outside the store, talked with her and then took her away,” Roberts said.

The officers then went to Walsh’s residence where they found the marijuana grow and arrested Rose, Dotson said.

“He (Roberts) did the right thing,” Dotson said.

The investigation is continuing and police hope to identify other possible suspects, including the intended recipient of the package, which had a Texas address.