Trial is set to begin for Kevin Thomas Rogers, a Philadelphia man police say attempted to pick up 15 pounds of marijuana sealed in paint cans from the FedEx facility on Rainbow Road.
According to the police report, authorities were notified after a red flag was raised when the package arrived in Windsor from a third-party shipping facility in Tucson, AZ. Shipping from a west-coast, third-party facility is often a give-away for packages containing narcotics being moved by drug cartels, the police report details.
According to police, Rogers and Tasha Griffin, also of Philadelphia, visited the Rainbow Road FedEx and attempted to pick up a 21-pound package. Griffin, police say, was turned away by a FedEx employee because, not only was the package suspicious, but Griffin's name did not match the name on the package.
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According to court records, a fake name and address (Lost River Drive, Hartford, CT) were used for the intended recipient.
Suspicious, a FedEx supervisor reportedly called statewide narcotics authorities, but was told narcotics officers were "busy with other matters and couldn't respond," the police report details.
As a result, the supervisor, who told police he smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from the package, reportedly called the Windsor Police Department, which advised the supervisor to allow the packaged to be picked up and officers would then take both Griffin and Rogers into custody if they received the package.
Griffin and Rogers allegedly returned to FedEx and received the package containing seven one-gallon paint canisters containing marijuana and were taken into custody in the shipping facility's parking lot.
Windsor Police charged Griffin with possession of narcotics with the intent to sell and held on $25,000 bond, which was posted. Rogers was charged with possession of narcotics with the intent to sell and conspiracy to possess narcotics with the intent to sell. He was held on $250,000 bond and remains in custody.
Rogers is scheduled for a pre-trial appearance on Jan. 22, 2013 at Enfield Superior Court.