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Published: Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 12:37 PM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer
DAYTON — A local man is scheduled to plead guilty this week to drug charges stemming from the Priority Mail delivery of 2½ pounds of cocaine in a LEGO package.
Michael A. Brown, 50, of Dayton has an arraignment and plea agreement hearing set for Friday in Dayton’s U.S. District Court. Brown is scheduled to plea by bill of information to one count of attempted possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
A criminal complaint written by a U.S. Postal Inspector details how a package at the Trotwood post office was intercepted on Aug. 30, 2018.
The package was addressed to a 4345 Marlowe Drive in Dayton, which does not exist. There is a 4345 Marlowe St. in the same ZIP code, according to postal inspector Brad Dorman.
The package was mailed from the Los Angeles area to a name not associated with the Marlowe Street address, according to the complaint. Dorman wrote that he got a search warrant to open the package.
“Upon opening the Parcel, I removed a plastic (LEGO) box,” Dorman wrote. “Inside the (LEGO) box were Duplo legos wrapped in plastic bags along with a plastic wrapped block.
“The plastic wrapped block weight approximately 2 pounds, 10 ounces and contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for Cocaine.”
That same day, according to the complaint, an undercover law enforcement agent posing as a postal employee delivered the package with sham cocaine. Prior to the delivery, investigators saw Brown sitting in a vehicle on the street in front of the residence.
Dorman wrote that the package was delivered to another man in the residence and Brown then met the other man who had left the house. Brown allegedly took the package and went back to his vehicle.
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“At that point, investigators detained Brown and seized the parcel,” the complaint said. “Brown was interviewed by investigators, and provided a statement. Among his statements, Brown stated (in summary) that he knew the package contained drugs and that he was picking it up for a third party.”
Brown was sentenced to three years in prison in a 2003 case involving fewer than 10 grams of crack cocaine, according to Montgomery County Common Please Court records.