Sheriff ’s Department carries out business end of drug sting operation

Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington announced Monday that the department’s narcotics unit arrested a suspect in connection with seizure of 1.27 pounds of cocaine worth about $60,000.

The 31-year-old woman to whom the package was sent was arrested Friday, Oct. 18, at an address in Cleveland. She was charged with drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana. She will be tried in Blount County Circuit Court and is now being detained at the Blount County Jail, Arrington said.

He said the department was notified by U.S. Customs and the Department of Homeland Security that a shipment of cocaine had been intercepted. The shipment, in a plain brown envelope, which had been mailed from Trinidad, was relayed to the Blount County narcotics unit from the Huntsville office of the Drug Enforcement Administration for delivery to the address on the envelope. The envelope was delivered by narcotics officers, and the arrest was made, Arrington said.

“Customs and Homeland Security informed us of a delivery to be made, and asked us to work with them. They would have made the arrest themselves on a large quantity like a truckload or a boatload, but on a quantity of this size, they asked for our help, and of course, we were happy to cooperate,” Arrington said. He said the drug shipment has since been turned over to authorities in Birmingham.