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Dozens Arrested in Weed Distribution Ring with Orders via FedEx, UPS

Multiple law enforcement agencies shut down an illegal cannabis distribution operation with orders available via FedEx, UPS, and other means of delivery. BYBENJAMIN M. ADAMS

FEBRUARY 6, 2023

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Authorities shut down an illegal distribution operation providing prompt delivery of weed and edibles sent coast to coast via trackable orders from FedEx and UPS. Cannabis and edibles were delivered right to customers’ doorsteps, or in some cases sold through a slot in a door.

The two-dozen defendants arrested in the operation face serious charges, in some cases life imprisonment.

According to a Jan. 31 press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, 24 people were arrested in connection with a smuggling operation using FedEx and UPS to mail out cannabis.

Authorities on the receiving end of orders—upstate New York—launched the investigation, and say that the operation has been running for about six years.

“As alleged in the 99-count indictment, between at least 2016 and June 2022,” the statement reads, “Dwight A. Singletary II, aka ‘Nutt’ and ‘Mike Jones,’ McKenzie Merrialice Coles, aka ‘Kenzie,’ and others shipped thousands of kilograms of marijuana from a small shipping store called Fast Pack & Ship in Fresno, California, to locations throughout the United States, including the Capital Region of New York.”

Customers were texted with tracking information and receipts.

The report continued, “The marijuana was shipped in packages delivered by UPS and FedEx, and to enable the recipients to receive the packages, Singletary, Coles, and others text messaged receipts with package tracking information to the recipients. Singletary and Coles are from New York but moved to Fresno and, as alleged, principally operated their marijuana distribution scheme from California.”