Bobby Dean Johnson, 59, of Carbon Hill was taken into custody on charges of second-degree possession of marijuana after he reportedly took possession of a package that was shipped to him by his brother, who lives in Arizona.
The care package contained three plastic baggies, one of which held a small plastic jar of honey, one with some coffee beans and one with 10.6 ounces of high-grade marijuana with a reported street value of $300 to $400.
Ron Colburn, acting police chief for the Carbon Hill Police Department, said he discovered the package after responding to a call at the Carbon Hill Post Office regarding a strange odor inside the building.
“The clerks contacted the Carbon Hill Police Department and said there was a strange odor in the building that smelled like a skunk,” Colburn said. “When I got there, the odor was so strong it was stinking up the whole building, but it wasn’t coming from a skunk.”
Colburn said they were able to determine the odor was coming from the Arizona package.
“The odor coming from the package was really strong, and I immediately knew what was inside the box, a high-grade of marijuana known as ‘skunk-grass,’ hence the smell,” Colburn said.
Colburn contacted Sgt. Chuck Tidwell, a narcotics agent with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.
Tidwell said he immediately notified the postal inspectors with the United States Postal Service because the package had been shipped across state lines.
“They gave us the authority to the go ahead and handle the situation on a local level,” Tidwell said. “This package came from Johnson’s brother who lives in Arizona where — yes, it is legal to possess marijuana — but not legal to mail it. In fact it’s illegal to mail narcotics to anyone.”
Johnson is currently being held in the Carbon Hill City Jail, and, according to Tidwell, more charges could be filed in the case pending further investigation.