THC Vape Charges Dismissed After Search of Mail Suppressed

It goes without saying that postal service investigations rarely turn out well for those who receive marijuana products by mail.  Drug dogs and search warrants will conspire to reveal the contents of suspicious packages before they reach the mailbox.  At that point, the recipients face a Hobson’s choice: either snitch on friends or cop to a felony.

What can you do when neither is an option?

You guessed it.

You get the drug crime lawyers at GRL Law involved.

Here’s an example of how we can flip the script on these mailed drug cases that don’t involve the odor of marijuana, drug K9 or a search warrant.

A GRL Law client expected to receive THC vape carts by post, but the carrier returned the parcel instead due to some confusion with the delivery.  When the client inquired about the delivery and mentioned the package contained medicine, the postal inspector took a keen interest in the package.  And, after suspecting it contained contraband instead, the inspector arranged for a controlled delivery with the MINE Task Force.

Once our client took possession of the package at the post office, six members of the task force and the inspector surrounded him on the post office steps.  Then they went to work getting his consent to search, which revealed a handful of THC vape carts.

We argued several points and the district court ultimately accepted that our client’s consent was involuntary under the circumstances.

The State had no choice but to dismiss the charges.

So, in the end, no snitching or pleading.  And the dismissal will ultimately be expunged like it never happened.

That’s a NFG.

[NOTE: It is a violation of federal law to use the mail to transport controlled substances including marijuana.  It is also illegal to possess marijuana flower and extracts in Iowa without a medical cannabidiol card or its out-of-state equivalent.]