Sikeston man accused of receiving marijuana in mail

Sunday, July 22, 2012
Joe Moore

SIKESTON, Mo. -- 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 postal worker thought a package was suspicious and reported it to the SEMO Drug Task Force, according to Lt. Jim McMillen, public information officer with the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

A department canine detected the odor of illegal narcotics coming from the package, 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 St. in Sikeston. Shortly after the package was delivered, investigators from the DEA, SEMO Drug Task Force and Sikeston police arrived. The resident, Joe Moore, 24, refused permission for officers to enter. While a search warrant was obtained, officers permitted Moore to leave the area, McMillen said.

After receiving the search warrant, the officers found the package inside the residence, which contained more than two pounds of marijuana duct taped in two gallon-size bags.

Moore was located Thursday at his place of employment and arrested without incident. He is charged in Scott County with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Moore's bond is $75,000 cash or surety and he remained in custody Friday awaiting his arraignment.

Pertinent address:

Sikeston, MO

Map of pertinent addresses

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