A Palm Beach County man was arrested this week after the sheriff’s office said he received shipments containing marijuana.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the investigation began Wednesday as law enforcement conducted an interdiction mission at a package facility in Boca Raton.
A priority overnight package was identified by a security official as suspicious.
The official then contacted narcotics officers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at the scene. A field test of the contents of one of the packages came back positive for THC.
The label on the package said the sender was from Santa Rosa, Calif., and was being delivered to “Omar” at an address in the 4300 block of Emerald Vista. This address is located just south of Palm Springs and west of Lake Worth Beach.
A background check of the address revealed that Omar Johnson, 37, currently resides at the Palm Beach County address on the box.
The affidavit said the officer knew “from training and experience that California is a source state for the shipment of illegal narcotics.”
The package, which contained 11.2 pounds of marijuana, was seized and an undercover controlled delivery of the package was put in place after a judge signed a search warrant.
An undercover officer delivered the package to the front door of the Emerald Vista residence while the sheriff’s office watched the house.
About an hour later, the affidavit says Johnson opened the door, retrieved the package, and brought it inside.
Using a search warrant, officers from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office entered the home and arrested Johnson. The affidavit indicates that a woman and her minor son were also inside the residence.
Once inside the house, officers found more bags of marijuana that tested positive for THC.
Johnson, who works at a hair salon in Boynton Beach, told officers he was getting packages from a friend.
He said his friend was also going to send a package to the hair salon where he works.
He told the officers that in exchange he was going to be paid in marijuana or $1,500. He said earlier in the week he received an additional package that he also suspected contained marijuana.
This package contained 10 heat-sealed bags of marijuana.
The affidavit indicates that the total weight of the package of marijuana seized during the investigation was 44.8 pounds.
Johnson is facing a marijuana trafficking charge and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail.
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