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Intercepted parcel leads to federal drug charge in Portland

An Oregon man who was recently arrested by federal agents is currently on bail while he is awaiting a court hearing later this month. The Portland resident is facing a federal drug charge after a package was intercepted that allegedly contained Ecstasy. Agents say that approximately 1 gram of the drug was found in a waxed candle.

After locating the man to whom the parcel was addressed, federal officials learned that he had not been living in Portland for several years and that he suspected the parcel was intended for his former roommate. He claimed that he moved out because of the roommate's involvement in illegal drug activities. He agreed to co-operate with the agents and apparently informed the other man of where to collect the parcel.

The man was arrested when he collected the parcel. A warrant to search his residence was executed and reportedly yielded a variety of illegal items. These included pre-printed USPS tracking numbers and other packaging materials allegedly for the shipping of psilocybin mushrooms. Spores in different stages of the germination process were also seized.

The conditions of the Oregon man's bail include no possession or use of any devices through which internet access is possible. Furthermore, a drug screening and mental health evaluation were ordered to be completed. In the time leading up to the next court appearance, this accused person's legal counsel will likely focus on the details of the federal drug charge and scrutinize the evidence and the validity of the search warrant. Preparation will also include preparing one or more defense strategies designed to achieve the best possible outcome under the circumstances.

Source: Portland, OR Patch, "Portland Man Faces Federal Drug Charges", Colin Miner, Sept. 6, 2016

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