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Pot package delivery leads to possible jail time

A crate full of marijuana sent to a Farmington address never got to its destination earlier this year, and the man who picked it up could have a new address for quite a while.

The shipping company handling the delivery contacted an agent with Homeland Security investigations on May 2, 2013 about the suspicious package, which was addressed to Joshua Volkman at a Farmington address. The agent discovered the crate contained 87 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana that weighed roughly 86 pounds in all.

Homeland Security agents posing as employees of the shipping company called Volkman on May 7 and according to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney’s office Volkman, 22, said he was expecting to receive a delivery for a friend.

As Homeland Security agents watched on May 8 Volkman and another individual picked up a rental truck, collected the package at the shipping company in Farmington, drove to a Bloomington motel, then went to Stillwater, where they met a third person.

Homeland Security agents arrested Volkman at about 7:30 p.m. He had five of the 87 bags with him at the time.

According to the complaint, 86 pounds of marijuana has a street value of about $180,600.

If convicted on either of two felony third-degree drug charges, Volkman could face up to 25 years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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