Authorities intercept $55K drug package

Published 12:05 am Thursday, June 21, 2012

NATCHEZ — Two Natchez men were arrested Tuesday after drug enforcement authorities intercepted approximately $55,000 worth of marijuana in a package reportedly addressed to their residence.

According to a news release from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics — with the help of Metro Narcotics and the Ridgeland Police Department — arrested Benjamin Stratton Willis, 30, 509 N. Canal St., on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute after he reportedly signed for a package that was supposed to contain four pounds of hydroponic marijuana.

Local police in Jackson had previously intercepted the package, which was addressed to Willis, and the marijuana had been turned over to MBN.

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After Willis signed for the package, MBN obtained a search warrant for his residence. In the bedroom of Joseph Harmen Willis, 34, the agents reportedly found Xanax and a misdemeanor amount of marijuana. Joseph Willis was arrested and charged possession of alprazolam and possession of marijuana.

Both men were released on no bond.