A Cajah’s Mountain man had about 7 pounds of marijuana mailed to him from California, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office said.
Narcotics agents began investigating James Douglas Chester, 30, of Wheeling Mobile Home Park Drive last week after someone from the U.S. Postal Service contacted them, Detective David Barbour said.
Agents intercepted a package addressed to Chester and found the marijuana, worth $79,296 according to North Carolina State Drug Guidelines, a press release said. The investigators then had the package delivered to the address Chester had arranged for it to go to, a friend’s house, and when Chester arrived to pick it up about 1:40 p.m. Friday, he was arrested.
When investigators searched Chester’s home several hours later, they found a weighing scale, Barbour said.
Chester was charged with felony possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana and felony conspiracy to deliver marijuana. His bond was set at $150,000 secured.
He has no previous convictions in North Carolina, according to court records.
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