Man charged with buying nearly 15 pounds of marijuana through mail
A Pittsfield man is behind bars on charges alleging that he purchased 15 pounds of marijuana in the mail.
Brandon J. Fox, 29, 4735 Davey Hill Rd., was charged by Warren County Drug Task Force investigators on Jan. 13.
Investigators report in the affidavit of probable cause that the postmaster in Pittsfield received an anonymous tip from a female that Fox had received a large amount of “drugs” in the mail.
The postmaster learned that a package had been delivered to Fox the day prior and subsequently contacted the U.S. Postal Inspector in Pittsburgh.
The postal inspectors on Jan. 7 “interdicted a package” addressed to Fix from “Scheels Sporting Goods in Nevada,” per the affidavit. “It was confirmed that this package was not shipped by Scheels and does not meet their shipping standards.”
A Pennsylvania State Police K-9 detected the presence of controlled substances and a federal search warrant was obtained for the package, which ultimately revealed 14.85 pounds of marijuana.
Investigators then decided to conduct a controlled delivery — a search warrant was approved pending the package being delivered and being taken into the house.
That was set for Jan. 13.
The package, according to the affidavit, was delivered “to a female at the residence who had carried the parcel into the home.”
That triggered execution of the search warrant.
Investigators write that they discovered two adult females and three juveniles.
“Upon entering the home, the parcel was located inside of the door of the home,” the affidavit states. “I was able to detect the strong odor of burned marijuana coming from inside of the home. During the search several smoking pipes, a digital scale with marijuana residue and unburned marijuana were located inside the house.”
It continues with the determination that THC wax was being produced in the residence and “the females were actively smoking marijuana inside of the bathroom.”
A female identified as Fox’s girlfriend reported that the packages come to Fox “and are then delivered to an unknown individual who comes to… the home.”
Police arrested Fox a short time later and indicate in the affidavit that Fox “made several utterances stating he is a ‘middle man’ and he delivers the package to another individual.”
Fox was arraigned by District Judge Laura Bauer and placed in the Warren County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail, per online court records.
Those records state that he faces charges of possession with intent to deliver, criminal use of a communications facility, possession of an instrument of crime with intent and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 20 at 10 a.m.