Two jailed for mailing marijuana scheme post bond; more arrests expected
By Jessica Creagan
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Two men were arrested and more than 15 pounds of marijuana was seized last week as a result of a month-long drug investigation involving mailing marijuana.
Michael David Fedick, 28, and Clifton Lloyd Garrison, 56, both of 1590 20th Ave. Southwest, Vero Beach posted bail last week after being arrested on drug possession charges.
Mr. Fedick was charged with two felonies, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, while Mr. Garrison was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, which means less than 20 grams of marijuana.
The investigation is ongoing more arrests are anticipated, law enforcement said.
According to a press release from Sgt. Eric Flowers of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, the investigation and arrest was coordinated by the sheriff's office multi-agency criminal enforcement, or MACE, unit, which includes agents and detectives from the Sebastian and Vero Beach police departments.
Because this investigation included the U.S. Postal Service, agents from that division were also involved.
During a home search on Jan. 28, more than 15 pounds of high grade marijuana and more than $3,000 in drug money was seized, a report said.
During the investigation, law enforcement discovered Mr. Fedick was receiving shipments of marijuana from California, hidden inside boxes with other items, including children's books and crossword puzzles, Sgt. Flowers said.
Detectives believe he may have been receiving more than 200 pounds of marijuana per month through the USPS.
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