DECATUR – Decatur Street Crimes detectives arrested two men on the city's south side after federal authorities informed them that parcels containing possible narcotics were being sent by mail to a vacant house.
Shawn J. Honorable, 33, and Carlos D. Taylor, 31, were each arraigned Wednesday on two Class X felony counts, cannabis trafficking, punishable by 12 to 60 years in prison, and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.
A postal inspector told detectives “he located two suspicious packages being sent” to a house in the 1000 block of South Webster Street from an address in Sierra Vista, Ariz., said an affidavit by officer Jaime Hagemeyer.
The postal inspector told detectives the vacant house had not received mail for more than one year. The packages were addressed to an individual with a name not found in the local police database.
When the K-9 team of detective Chad Larner conducted a sniff search of the parcels, the presence of narcotics was indicated, Hagemeyer wrote. A search warrant was obtained, and the parcels were examined.
Each of the parcels contained eight individual packages, each package containing a little more than 1 pound of marijuana, police said, and the total weight of the 16 packages was about 17½ pounds, with a street value of about $15,000.
Decatur police officers resealed the parcels and conducted a controlled delivery about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. The postal inspector delivered the parcels to two males, “later identified as Carlos D. Taylor, 31, and Shawn J. Honorable, 33, who were both inside the vacant residence," according to the affidavit.
“Carlos accepted both packages and carried them into the residence,” Hagemeyer wrote. “Carlos and Shawn then ran out the back door of the residence each carrying one of the packages containing cannabis.”
When the two suspects were stopped by police at the north end of the block, they were empty-handed. The packages were found behind a house where officers saw them running “just prior to being stopped.”
Taylor admitted to police that he “accepted the packages he believed contained cannabis.” Honorable admitted that “he took possession of one of the packages upon exiting the residence,” the affidavit said.
Honorable and Taylor were each being held in jail on $100,000 bonds.
Honorable has three prior felony convictions and has served three terms prison terms in narcotics cases. He was out on bond in two pending cases – a 2016 Class X narcotics case and 2017 forgery case.
Taylor, who served a prison term in Arkansas for a 2008 narcotics conviction, has an outstanding arrest warrant for a subsequent Arkansas case, according to a court document.
Honorable is due in court May 24 for his preliminary hearing. Taylor is scheduled to return to court May 12 to present his attorney.