Mexican National Arrested For Trafficking Marijuana Through FedEx
SALISBURY, N.C. — A Mexican National, who has been in the United States illegally for 25 years, was arrested by federal, state and local authorities for trafficking marijuana through a scheme using FedEx, according to a news release.
Authorities say Yoshio Avila-Munoz, 37, was using FedEx to transport marijuana across state lines from California to North Carolina.
On Tuesday, the Concord Police Department was alerted to a FedEx package destined for a location on Tammy’s Park Road in Salisbury.
A police K-9 trained in narcotics detection alerted to the presence and/or odor of narcotics emanating from the package, according to a news release.
Authorities say a search warrant was obtained that led to the discovery of 20 vacuum sealed bags of marijuana along with packing material. Each bag reportedly contained one pound of marijuana.
Investigators with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, Concord Police Department, Salisbury Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations subsequently delivered the package to the Tammy’s Park Road address.
Officials say the package was received by the occupant of the residence and placed inside the mobile home.
The occupant, Avila-Munoz, left the residence in a vehicle and was reportedly stopped at a convenient store by authorities.
Investigators say Avila-Munoz was taken back to the residence and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant on the mobile home.
Investigators found evidence of prior package deliveries from California, one handgun, one shotgun, two rifles, methamphetamine, and an additional amount of marijuana, according to a news release.
The value of the drugs seized was approximately $60,000.
Authorities say it was determined that an immigration detainer had been filed against Avila-Munoz in 2004 in Cabarrus County but he evaded arrest until now.
Avila-Munoz was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances.