Drug dealers and peddlers around the world have come up with some pretty ingenious ways to transport their “stuff” undetected. However, a 26-year-old American man decided to use an unlikely mode of transportation to move a controlled substance: the US Postal Service.
Unfortunately for him, the package was discovered by the authorities, and now he faces serious prison sentences. Shaiquane Harrison, 26, a resident of York, Pa., pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of violating federal narcotics laws. His sentencing is scheduled for July 8, 2022.
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According to court documents, on February 26, 2021, the U.S. Postal Service identified a suspicious package. It was destined for a residential address in Monessen, Pennsylvania. However, before this package could be delivered, a drug-addicted dog detected the presence of a controlled substance in the package and triggered an alarm. Subsequently, law enforcement obtained a search warrant to examine the package. The package was found to contain more than one kilogram of cocaine.
Following the discovery, a controlled delivery operation of the package, now fitted with an electronic transmission device, was conducted by authorities on March 1, 2021. About half an hour after the package was delivered, Harrison arrived at the address in a rental vehicle. vehicle. It was noted during surveillance that the 26-year-old was using a cell phone encased in a blue and white blanket before collecting the package and returning to the vehicle.
After retrieving the package, Harrison drove to another residence in the area; with the police on his trail. However, after he entered the building, the transmitting device stopped relaying signals. This led authorities to believe that the contents of the package were being destroyed. Therefore, they entered the residence immediately.
Caught in flagrante delicto
When the officers entered, Harrison was literally caught hand in the “pot of cocaine”. We found he was holding pieces of the open package. Upon seeing authorities, Harrison fled the residence. After making a quick stop at the shed behind the residence, he jumped over the fence. However, he was apprehended soon after.
During a protective sweep, officers retrieved the cell phone Harrison had used earlier from outside the hangar. A loaded 9mm caliber handgun was also found in a tire inside the hangar. Following another federal search warrant on the recovered phone, text messages notifying Harrison of the delivery of the package were found.
Further analysis of the cellphone also revealed that Harrison had looked up the tracking number for the package, learning the delivery date. He faces a prison sentence of at least five years to a maximum of 40 years in prison, or a fine of $5,000,000, or both. Currently, Harrison is on bail, pending sentencing.