By Roger Harnack
BRIDGEPORT – A local man allegedly expecting more than two pounds of marijuana from a package-delivery company is the Okanogan County Jail today, facing charges related to possession of the contraband.
Ranferi S. Torres, 23, was arrested by Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies after an undercover deputy delivered the box of pot at about 3 p.m. Monday.
Torres was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver and booked into the Okanogan County jail, the Sheriff’s Office reported. Afterward, authorities recovered the box of pot valued at $7,000.
The drug bust comes five days after a specially trained narcotics detective with the Visalia, Calif., Police Department observed the “suspicious” package while performing monitoring duties at a sorting terminal for a commercial delivery company, the report said. The name of the company was not released by California authorities.
The detective obtained a warrant, opened the package and found it contained approximately two pounds of marijuana, the report said, noting the “sent from” address was fictitious.
The package was forwarded to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which obtained a search warrant for the delivery address and Torres, who was named as the recipient, the report said.
At about 3 p.m. Monday, an undercover deputy delivered the package to an address in the 1400 block of Foster Avenue, where Torres signed for the package, the report said.
After the box was accepted, the agency’s Douglas County Special Response Team swarmed the residence, executed a local search warrant and arrested Torres.