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Two men — now felons — claiming police had no cause to search a package of marijuana mailed to them from California lost their appeal.
Christopher Dewayne Smith and John James Cunningham pleaded guilty on May 4, 2016, to felony marijuana charges.
In their appeal they argue police did not have probable cause to open the package addressed to Cunningham so the court should suppress the evidence — a pound of marijuana — found inside.
The North Carolina Court of Appeals did not agree.
According to the court opinion written by Judge Wanda Bryant, in July of 2013 an informant told Mebane police that he bought marijuana from Smith who told him he got it shipped to an address on Old Plantation Drive, Graham, from a California dispensary. Smith allegedly told the informant the parcel was packaged as a present “on a plate with an open bag of candy to conceal the odor,” and that another shipment was due within the next week.
Police contacted a law-enforcement agent with the U.S. Postal Service who set a