(Mountain Home) – Two Baxter County residents have been arrested on felony drug charges following an investigation that began last weekend.
Law Enforcement authorities in California notified Baxter County authorities that suspected drug parcels were being shipped from California and delivered via FedEx to an address in rural Mountain Home.
On June 28, the Sheriff’s Office learned that the local FedEx office had received a package for delivery to that address, and a police canine confirmed that there were drugs in the package. Deputies obtained a search warrant and reportedly found roughly 10 ounces of marijuana in the package.
A plain clothes undercover officer posing as a delivery driver delivered the package June 28 around 4 PM, and later 27-year-old Justin Bowden and 23-year-old Idalia Chavez were arrested.
During the execution of the search warrant, authorities seized drug paraphernalia and other evidence of drug transactions. Authorities say there was also evidence that approximately fourteen packages had been delivered to their address from California, and there was also evidence of payments being sent from the suspects to California for the drugs.
Both were charged with Delivery of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana with the Purpose of Delivery, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Bowden was released from custody after posting $25,000 bond. Authorities say Chavez was an illegal alien, and informed the Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Authorities say another package was delivered to the home on June 29, which contained 27 ounces of marijuana, worth roughly $10,800.