(KMOV.com) — Postal employees in Hazelwood smelled marijuana and pulled aside several suspicious packages that were headed to the Metro East.
In this case, the packages with marijuana were labeled with a return address in California.
Two men, 43-year-old Jason Peterson and 41-year-old Salvador Perez of California, have been charged with cannabis trafficking and possession with intent to distribute.
Police say eight packages were intercepted at the mail sorting center in Hazelwood after employees noticed the smell of marijuana and dryer sheets, the latter likely added in to mask the pot odor.
The U.S. Postal Inspector in St. Louis says its own drug squad started an investigation and looped in the Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois because the packages were headed to two addresses in Godfrey and Bethalto.
Postal inspectors say these investigations are not unusual.
In the last fiscal year, inspectors say they seized more than 46,000 pounds of illegal narcotics from the U.S. mail.
The trick for police is proving the recipient knew about the drugs mailed to them.
In this case, the address in California was fake.