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Drug Ring Busted After Marijuana Found in Mail

TROY-- Investigators with Miami County Sheriff's Office, Troy police Department, and the United States Postal Inspection Service have busted a drug ring, that was using the post office to receive narcotics.

Postal inspectors intercepted two packages on August 14th, each filled with six pounds of marijuana and addressed to two different homes in Troy.

"We feel one of the involved parties has been involved for some time in distribution of narcotics in the Troy area," said Dave Duchak, Chief Deputy with the Miami County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies watched while postal workers made planned deliveries of the pot filled packages to their intended destinations. Officers then apprehended the suspects, who were receiving the drugs, in two separate raids.

Michael Adkins, Zachary Housley, and Natalie Keppel, all of Troy, were taken into custody and charged with felony possession of Marijuana. 

Sheriff's investigators obtained a search warrant for 1956 E. State route 41, the receiving address of one of the packages. They seized three firearms, LSD, a large amount of hashish, multiple pounds of marijuana, and almost $45,000 in cash from a safe inside the residence.

The cash was sealed in plastic, which investigators say may help in their investigation.

"Some of the packaging we try to finger print to try to see who's fingerprints develop on it," Duchak said.

"There was a lot of traffic coming in and out of here, I'd say probably 6 to 8 cars per hour," said a neighbor near the second raid location; 1394 McKaig Avenue.

The neighbor did not wish to share their name, but said he suspected the address to be involved in the drug ring for some time, and watched police pull loads of drugs from inside when the home was raided.

"Get 'em off the streets," the neighbor said, "I don't want my kids around that."

Chief Deputy Duchak said quick recognition by postal workers is what's keeping more narcotics off the streets in Troy,

"Everything goes through the U.S. mail, just like everything goes up and down the interstates," Duchak said.

The three suspects are incarcerated in the Miami County Jail. Investigators anticipate more charges will be filed. They did not release the return address from the marijuana filled packages, pending further investigation.

 
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