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Published 8:27pm Thursday, January 6, 2011

Man faces drug charges after mail shipment is intercepted by authorities

A Camp Hill man was charged with trafficking marijuana Tuesday after authorities intercepted approximately 7 pounds of marijuana being shipped to him through the mail.

Siegfried Hicks, 51, of Camp Hill was charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana first degree and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force investigators with assistance from the Alexander City Police Department K-9 Unit intercepted the package, which was going to a residence in the Camp Hill area according to a Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Agents quickly devised a plan to do a ‘controlled delivery’ of the narcotics using an undercover officer as the mail carrier. Further assistance was needed from the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Department and the Alexander City Police Department. The operation went as planned and agents executed a search warrant at the residence in Camp Hill, according to the release.

The delivered marijuana package was recovered, in addition to approximately 461 grams of marijuana (street value of $3,088), electronic scales, $325 in cash, a firearm and paperwork linking the investigation back to a source in Texas, according to task force investigator Fred White.

White said they are looking into opening up a federal investigation on the Texas-side of the case.

He added that the case has been linked to other similar investigations in areas surrounding Tallapoosa County.

“During the Christmas holidays, some of our other agencies involved in similar cases made arrests in neighboring counties,” White said. “The source area is similar.”

Hicks was transported to the Tallapoosa County Jail and was released Wednesday around 1 a.m. on a $22,500 bond, according to a jail representative.