2 pounds of pot come in mail
4 men arrested after stake-out
Storm Lake Police arrested four men this week in connection with a conspiracy to sell marijuana in the community.
Storm Lake Police received information from the United States Postal Inspectors Office that a suspicious package had been intercepted that was mailed from California to a West Fifth Street address in Storm Lake.
The Postal Inspectors Office was given a search warrant and found that two pounds of high-grade marijuana with a street value of $10,000 was set to be mailed to 600 West Fifth St.
After conducting a controlled delivery, police surveillance teams outside the residence arrested three adult males leaving the house with the package.
Derrick Roberts,45, of Storm Lake, Phat Boonkhong, 28, of Storm Lake and Larry Walker, 35, of Storm Lake were all arrested and taken to the police station for questioning.
At 7 p.m. a vehicle driven by JT Cunningham, 25, of Storm Lake arrived at the West Fifth Street address and was arrested by officers at the scene. Cunningham had a small amount of marijuana in his possession.
At 9:30 p.m. police and postal inspector agents executed a search warrant at 1800 East Milwaukee Ave. #104 and found a quarter pound of marijuana, packaging materials, scales, documents reflecting cash wiring transactions and silver bars with a cash value that isn’t determined yet but is believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales.
At 10:30 p.m. police searched the 600 West Fifth Street address and seized a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia.
At 11:15 p.m. police searched 901 Pinecrest Dr. where additional documentation on package shipping was located.
Nearly $1,700 worth of cash was seized during the investigation, which is believed to come from selling illegal drugs.
Police charged Roberts with two counts of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and two counts of failure to affix a drug tax stamp. He was booked on a $20,000 bond.
Boonkhong was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. He was booked on a $10,000 bond.
Larry Walker was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked on a $1,300 bond.
JT Cunningham was charged with possession of marijuana and was booked on a $2,000 bond.
The investigation continues.