FULTONVILLE - A Montgomery County man was charged after receiving half a pound of marijuana in the mail, authorities said.
Zachary J. Denero, 21, of 679 Argersinger Road, was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department reported.
The sheriff's office said Denero was charged after deputies received a tip Denero was receiving illegal drugs via the U.S. Postal Service, and he was involved in local distribution of drugs, authorities said.
Deputies contacted a postal inspector, who agreed to place a watch on Denero and his residence for any suspicious packages, officials said.
On Monday, deputies said, the postal inspector told the sheriff's office a package for Denero at the village post office appeared to be suspicious.
Deputy Jason Nare and K-9 unit GAJ were called in for a search.
The dog indicated the package contained drugs, deputies said.
The postal inspector then obtained a search warrant, deputies said, and opened the package, finding the marijuana inside.
The package was then resealed and delivered to Denero, deputies said.
Denero was arraigned in Glen Town Court and released on $1,000 cash bail to appear at a later date.
Montgomery County Undersheriff Jeffery T. Smith said today the department continues to investigate the case, but he would not say whether authorities are trying to find out who mailed the marijuana.
This is not the first time officials have seen drugs come in the mail, Smith said.
"It has happened in the past. I can't tell you how often it is happening," Smith said.