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Suspicious mail leads to Sikeston man's drug arrest

Friday, July 20, 2012

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Joe Moore
SIKESTON -- An observant postal employee led law enforcement to the arrest of a Sikeston man and the discovery of more than two pounds of marijuana.

On July 11, a package sent in the mail was thought to be suspicious by a postal worker, according to Lt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety. The employee reported his concerns to the SEMO Drug Task Force.

"Investigators from the SEMO Drug Task Force contacted Sikeston Public Safety and requested our canine to 'sniff' the package. The canine alerted to the odor of illegal narcotics coming from the box," McMillen said in a news release.

Law enforcement officials asked the postal employee to continue the delivery of the package which was addressed to 315 William in Sikeston. Shortly after the package was delivered, investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration, SEMO Drug Task Force and Sikeston Public Safety arrived making contact with the resident, Joe Moore.

Moore, 24, refused permission for officers to enter. While a search warrant was obtained, officers permitted Moore to leave the area, McMillen said.

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