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Police: Decatur man orders nearly 1/2 pound of drugs from Belgium; fajita seasoning packages used
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Police: Decatur man orders nearly 1/2 pound of drugs from Belgium; fajita seasoning packages used


DECATUR  Dustin Ellis, 38, was arrested Thursday after police say he attempted to have nearly half of a pound of drugs mailed to his residence from Belgium.

A sworn affidavit said the Decatur Police Department was contacted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Sept. 24, 2018, referencing a seized package at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, New York.

U.S. Customs obtained the package addressed to Ellis at an apartment in the 3800 block of Camelot Drive, the affidavit said. After inspecting the package, U.S. Customs officers found five fajita seasoning packages containing a "suspicious substance that was not consistent with fajita seasoning."

According to the sworn affidavit, the substance field tested positive for MDMA, or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, and weighed around half a pound.

Detectives from the Decatur Police Department gained possession of the drugs and shipping box and obtained a search warrant for the address, the sworn affidavit said. With assistance of U.S. Postal Service Inspectors, a controlled delivery was conducted Sept. 27, 2018.

The affidavit did not address why the arrest took place months after the delivery, and detectives were unavailable to clarify on Friday afternoon. 

The sworn affidavit said a man grabbed the package and took it inside of his apartment. Police executed the search warrant and identified the occupants as the 38-year-old suspect and his 50-year-old wife. Officers found a safe in the apartment containing more of the same drug, court documents said.

During a police interview, Ellis told police the package was his and he sells and uses the drug, documents said.

According to the sworn affidavit, the package weighed approximately 211 grams, just under half a pound, and the street value ranged between $15,000 and $20,000.

The man was booked into the Macon County Jail and is being held in lieu of $5,000. He is facing a preliminary Class X felony charge of controlled substance trafficking, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

Contact Kennedy Nolen at (217) 421-6985. Follow her on Twitter: @KNolenWrites


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