ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A Mexican National illegally in the United States for 25 years has been arrested by federal, state and local authorities for trafficking marijuana through a scheme using FedEx to transport marijuana across state lines from California to North Carolina.
On Tuesday, March 12, the Concord Police Department was alerted to a FedEx package destined for 1174 Tammy’s Park Road in Salisbury. A police K-9 trained in narcotics detection alerted to the presence of narcotics emanating from the package.
"No sirens, no nothing. Just wham, they all just pulled up and lined up on the street in front of the houses, in the front yard, the back yard. It's just crazy to see so many cops in one spot," a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous told FOX 46.
Authorities said a search warrant was obtained that led to the discovery of 20 one-pound vacuum sealed bags of marijuana along with packing material. 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.
The package was secured by a man inside the home and placed inside the mobile home. The occupant, Yoshio Avila-Munoz, 37, left the residence in a vehicle and was stopped at a convenient store in Faith, North Carolina. The man was taken back to the home and the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant, recovered the package and searched the mobile home.
"I guess they got him for all that weed. Then we stood here and watched them bring more FedEx boxes out. The weed and the guns I guess. I heard about the meth today," the neighbor said.
Investigators found evidence of prior package deliveries from California, one handgun, one shotgun, two rifles, methamphetamine, and an additional amount of marijuana. The value of the drugs seized was approximately $60,000, they said.
"I don't like that around here. Everybody here has kids in some way or another. There are a lot of teenage boys that can be influenced."
It was determined that an immigration detainer had been filed against Avila-Munoz in 2004 in Cabarrus County, North Carolina, and he had evaded arrest.
Avila-Munoz was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a dwelling for keeping and selling controlled substances. Bond was set at $1 million. An immigration detainer was placed on Avila-Munoz.
Due to Avila-Munoz being in the United States illegally, he is prohibited from possessing firearms and he faces potential federal charges, police said.