DECATUR – Decatur Street Crimes detectives arrested two men on the city’s south side after federal authorities informed them that parcels containing possible narcotics were being sent by mail to a vacant house.
Shawn J. Honorable, 33, and Carlos D. Taylor, 31, were each arraigned Wednesday on two Class X felony counts, cannabis trafficking, punishable by 12 to 60 years in prison, and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
A postal inspector told detectives “he located two suspicious packages being sent” to a house in the 1000 block of South Webster Street from an address in Sierra Vista, Ariz., said an affidavit by officer Jaime Hagemeyer.
The postal inspector told detectives the vacant house had not received mail for more than one year. The packages were addressed to an individual with a name not found in the local police database.
When the K-9 team of detective Chad Larner conducted a sniff search of the parcels, the presence of narcotics was indicated, Hagemeyer wrote. A search warrant was obtained, and the parcels were examined.
Each of the parcels contained eight individual packages, each package containing a little more than 1 pound of marijuana, police said, and the total weight of the 16 packages was about 17½ pounds, with a street value of about $15,000.
Decatur police officers resealed the parcels and conducted a controlled delivery about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The postal inspector delivered the parcels to two males, “later identified as Carlos D. Taylor, 31, and Shawn J. Honorable, 33, who were both inside the vacant residence,” according to the affidavit.
“Carlos accepted both packages and carried them into the residence,” Hagemeyer wrote. “Carlos and Shawn then ran out the back door of the residence