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Michigan Man Arrested After Meth Package Detected

As methamphetamine usage is on the rise in Michigan, so is the importation of a much more pure product from outside the state, a local news outlet says. In 2016 alone, more than a dozen federal search warrants have been issued for such inbound packages. In an unfortunate testament to law enforcement’s growing knowledge of drugs in the mail, a 43-year-old was just arrested for doing just that.

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Keith Allen Thorpe, a 43-year-old living in Holland, Michigan was indicted this week on federal methamphetamine conspiracy charges.

Thorpe appeared on law enforcement’s radar once a package containing both methamphetamine and heroin was flagged for inspection in Grand Rapids. The package was sent from Phoenix, Arizona, a spot where a significant amount of meth is shipped from, according to Michigan State Police’s Detective Lt. Andrew Fias. “Crystal meth use is on the rise. We’re seeing an increase and about 90 percent of it is from Mexico,” he says. Most of the mail-related methamphetamine trafficking warrants involved packages originating in states bordering Mexico, such as Arizona, Texas and California.

Once the package was flagged, the West Michigan Enforcement Team met with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to investigate the case. The Postal Inspectors point out that the package was an Express Mail pack and that both Express Mail and Priority Mail options seem to be the most commonly used to traffic narcotics.

In the initial complaint by a U.S. Postal Inspector, Mark Rossi, he says “individuals who mail and receive controlled substances and their proceeds by mail often use a fictitious or incomplete name or address in order to hide their true identity.’’

This is exactly what Thorpe had done. The package was addressed to a woman who told authorities she no longer lived at the Holland address, and was not expecting any mail. She “believed someone may be using her name to conduct some ‘funny business.’’

After package interception, the crystal methamphetamine and heroin were removed and replaced with look-alike substances. The meth was replaced with simple rock salt.

Law enforcement posed as a postal courier and delivered the package to the house the package was addressed to. There they were able to confirm the identity of Keith Allen Thorpe as he opened the door and accepted the package.

Shortly after the delivery, Thorpe was apprehended entering his car and a sweep of his residence was conducted. Inside, the search team found evidence that confirmed their suspicions of drug trafficking, federal court records show.

While the case was initially filed by the local county prosecutor’s office, it has since been turned over to federal law enforcement. Interstate trafficking charges related to methamphetamine could result in up to 20 years in a federal prison.

The notes made by investigators were interesting; fake names and express shipping clearly stand out. Dark Net Market 101?

9 comments

  1. Air-tight seal huh.

    A random scan flag I suppose?

    • imanotellingyallshit

      lol random my ass johny was up to no good for 20 years in that small down they knew exactly whatvwas coming to who

    • Elliott K.

      There’s spies that pose as customers on all of those darknet vendors, and what they do is track down everyone that purchases from a person they’re on to and they bust them all one by one.

      • IdiotsAroundHere

        No offense Elliot but you are a complete idiot. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY is going to spend the $$$$$$$$$$$ and effort it takes to bust casual drug users. Do you have any idea how much it costs the government to house a criminal in prison for a year? If you are a reseller than yeah you probably will get busted at some point. But there is no fucking way any government agency cares about regular users. The cost to benefit ratio is just not worth it to them. Yeah, the government is going to spend 50k+ to bust and house some guy in prison who smokes pot at his house by himself and doesn’t bother anybody? You fucking simpleton idiot. The government goes after DISTRIBUTORS not users. Sigh, some of you people have your fucking tinfoil hats on a little too tighly.

  2. imreallysketchedout

    im form hollnad michigan and my heart literally dropped when i hear someone from my town got caught. this fuckion sukcs im now super paranoid doing anything on the dark web thats ultra sketchy

  3. If you’re going to do this never for one second think you’re smarter and luckier then the average joe. Jeeze Louise it never ceases to amaze me how people aware that what they’re doing is illegal somehow think they can get away with it. This guy should be jailed for being complacent, sloppy, a moron and a junkie more than for obtaining and trafficking in methamphetamine. It’s a lottery and you will always get caught at some point. Accept that and you get along just fine. It’s the risk you take and anyone who gambles will know it’s all about the odds. I got away with it for 20 years until one day I was caught only to find the FBI had a dossier on me the size of the Encyclopedia Brittanica, spanning those 20 years. They just didn’t arrest me cause they thought I would lead them on to bigger fish. When that didn’t happen and they got bored with chasing rainbows BANG, that was my bubble burst. I now live in Exile in a neutral country in Europe with no extradition treaty 😎😳

  4. Dude, Express mail, post man walking to your door a day late at least. No way the fuzz pulled all that together in 2 working days. Arizona to Michigan, I have had express shipping across country overnight I would never trust that shit!

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