Alpine Man Accused of Drug Trafficking Through the Mail
Josh Navarro NewsWest 9
ALPINE- A man in Alpine is accused of a drug trafficking operation that ran across state lines. The operation was eventually stopped by U.S. Postal Inspectors in El Paso.
Federal investigators believe Alpine resident Daniel Edward Johnson was receiving drugs like methamphetamine through the mail with intent to distribute it to other people. A criminal complaint indicates inspectors found something suspicious in a parcel. Inspectors said after a federal search warrant was obtained, they found two glass jars that contained marijuana and three plastic bags of methamphetamine.
The parcel was addressed to Johnson in Alpine. Inspectors along with the Drug Enforcement Agency and local enforcement jumped into action and sent an undercover agent to pose as an employee at the post office in Alpine.
They found out that Johnson had previously been arrested in Brewster County and had a criminal history in California where he was arrested for having illegal drugs and had at least one conviction.
Federal investigators were able to obtain a mug shot of Johnson and then identified him at the post office after placing a note in his box saying he had a package ready to be picked up. Court documents state that after Johnson picked up the parcel, he was immediately arrested and questioned by authorities.
He claimed he had no idea and was waiting for energy pills from a nationwide health store. However, after investigators revealed to him what they found, Johnson ended the interview.
He gave authorities permission to search his Alpine home and they found more drugs and several money order receipts that were made payable to multiple people in Lancaster, California. Those items were seized.
Johnson will appear before a federal judge in Pecos on Monday morning.