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Vermilion cops seize 9 pounds of mailed marijuana


VERMILION -- Police to marijuana dealers: hold the mustard.

Despite being covered with mustard, sealed plastic bags addressed to a Vermilion residence containing nine pounds of marijuana were detected by police dogs, said police Detective Stephen Davis. He said the seizure was the biggest for marijuana by Vermilion police since he joined the department in 1991. A pound of marijuana has a street value of about $1,000, he said.

The package, from what is believed to be a bogus address in San Jose, Calif., was first sniffed out by a dog at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Davis said. The package contained three clear plastic bags that each contained three separate vacuum-sealed bags containing what police believe is marijuana. Authorities there contacted Vermilion police, who had an Amherst police dog inspect the package at the Vermilion Post Office with the same results.

"The dog really clawed at it right away," said Davis who said he could smell the marijuana despite the mustard. Davis said a narcotics detective told him mustard is sometimes used to mask the smell of marijuana.

After the package was inspected, a postal worker called the listed number for the Vermilion address on the package, Davis said. The woman who answered said the woman whom the package was addressed to was her son's girlfriend.

The woman was detained by police when she came to pick up the package. The woman, whom police didn't identify, was questioned and released. The case will be referred to a grand jury and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

"We'll kind of see where it goes," Davis said. "We got the reefer off the road."

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

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