Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Marijuana Mail Sent To LaBelle Man
11 Pounds Marijuana Mailed From Texas To Hendry County
LABELLE, FL. On November 20, 2009, Hendry County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the U.S. Postal Service after intercepting a suspicious mail package that was later found to contain approximately 11 pounds of marijuana. The package was sent from Alamo, Texas and addressed to a Robert Perez of Alice Street in the city of LaBelle.
(Photo: Jose Pedro Vasquez)
On November 24, 2009, members of the Hendry Sheriff's narcotics division, special operations division along with U.S. Postal Service employees responded to the address on the package.
An individual later identified as Jose Pedro Vasquez entered the driveway of 1191 Alice Street and got out of his vehicle. Sheriff's deputies watched Vasquez for approximately one hour. An undercover employee with the Postal Service, posed as a postal carrier pulled into the driveway to deliver the package.
Before getting out of his vehicle Vasquez walked out to meet him. After the undercover postal employee asked the man if he was Robert Perez, to which Vasquez stated he was, the package was then delivered to Vasquez. Vasquez then placed the package inside of the vehicle he was driving and left the residence. Sheriff�s office members followed Perez. After witnessing him run a stop sign they initiated a traffic stop.
Deputies were then able to verify the identity of the man, after he produced a Mexico Identification Card as Jose Pedro Vasquez. It was then determined through a routine drivers license check that Vasquez did not have a valid Florida drivers license. After additional questioning by authorities 33 year old Jose Pedro Vasquez was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving without a Valid Driver's license.
Vasquez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on a $31,500 bond.