Law enforcement officials seized 25 pounds of marijuana Wednesday after it was flown into the Brownwood airport in a Federal Express plane and delivered to a house near Early, sheriff’s officials said.
Two people were arrested. James Brown, 57, of Early, and George Scott Jr., 48, of Brownwood, remained Wednesday in the Brown County Jail on third-degree felony charges of possession of marijuana, jail records state. “It’s the biggest (drug seizure) I can remember in awhile,” sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Aaron said.
An investigation continues, and more arrests are possible, Aaron said.
Sheriff Bobby Grubbs stressed that Federal Express had nothing to do with any criminal activity and employees were only doing their jobs in delivering a package. The company “cooperated with law enforcement to full extent,” Grubbs said.
Sheriff’s officials won’t say where the package came from or how they learned about it, citing the sensitivity of the investigation.
Deputies located a package at the Federal Express facility at the Brownwood airport that was “suspicious in nature,” Aaron said.
Investigators believe the sender’s and recipient's names on the package were fictitious, Aaron said.
The package had been placed on a Federal Express truck that was 15 minutes from leaving when deputies arrived.
Deputies borrowed a K-9 unit from the Cisco Police Department. The drug dogs that belong to the sheriff’s office and Early Police Department were not available Wednesday because they were in training, Aaron said.
Cisco officer Michael West brought Kia, a black labrador, to the Federal Express facility, where the dog alerted on the package, Aaron said.
Deputies opened the package, which contained three bundles of marijuana, Aaron said. Deputies kept the package under surveillance while it was delivered to the house near Early at 2 p.m. Aaron would not say how the package was delivered, but said the house is just north of Early city limits on U.S. Highway 183 North.
Deputies obtained a search warrant for the house. Deputies, assisted by Early police and the Department of Public Safety, served the search warrant and found the marijuana in the house, Aaron said. The two suspects were in the yard and arrested without incident, he said.
It was the second time in the past two or three months that someone has used a delivery company to send drugs to the Early area, Grubbs said. He would not elaborate.
Aaron said investigators believe there have been “multiple deliveries to the Brownwood and Brown County area at multiple addresses. These packages are being shipped to various drop locations and sent somewhere else,” Aaron said.
Grubbs described Wednesday’s seizure as “major” and said it will impact marijuana trafficking in Brown County. “It seems like we’re seeing a comeback of marijuana,” Grubbs said.