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DECATUR — A 33-year-old Decatur man was arrested Wednesday for arranging nearly two pounds of methamphetamine to be delivered to him from Mexico using the U.S. Postal Service, police said. 

A sworn affidavit from the Decatur Police Department said Alvin Bond and an unknown accomplice used fake names to send a package with $89,000 worth of meth via priority mail.

A USPS Inspector at a distribution center in Hazelwood, Missouri, saw a package heavily taped, emitting a scent of a masking agent, the affidavit said. This prompted the inspector to review the shipping label to verify the addressee and sender.

The package was mailed June 7 from a P.O. box in Calexico, California, under the name "Mario Rodriguez" and was addressed to "Manuel Medina" at an address in the 1400 block of North Monroe Street in Decatur, the affidavit said. Both names did not match either address.

The sworn affidavit said due to the characteristics associated with the package, a K-9 unit was requested. A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department K-9 officer and her police dog arrived to conduct a search June 10.

The K-9 indicated the presence of a narcotic during the search, according to the affidavit.

The sworn affidavit said the postal service inspector obtained a search warrant for the package June 10 and found 890 grams, or 1.96 pounds, of ice methamphetamine.

Decatur Police Department Street Crimes officers obtained a search warrant for the North Monroe Street address, the affidavit said. On Tuesday, postal inspectors and police conducted a controlled delivery of the package. 

The postal service delivered the package to the home at 1:06 p.m. Surveillance footage showed a person open the door and carry the package inside, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said officers entered the home, found the package inside a garbage can in the backyard and arrested Bond. During a police interview, the suspect admitted he arranged for a person in Mexico to ship him the package, which he said was supposed to contain only nine ounces of methamphetamine. 

Bond told officers he owed the person $9,000 for the drugs, according to the sworn affidavit. Bond is being held in the Macon County Jail on a preliminary Class X felony charge of trafficking between 400 and 900 grams of methamphetamine. The charge is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

Bond will be arraigned in Macon County court on two other felony drug charges. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond. 


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