A bowling ball-sized package of heroin was mailed to Alaska disguised as Christmas boxes, U.S. prosecutors said.
Don Frye Sr., 53, accepted the package containing more than 16 pounds (7.26 kilograms) of heroin, resulting in drug charges against him, prosecutors said.
Federal authorities on Nov. 6 intercepted a package sent by mail from “David Johnson” in California to “Robert Johnson” in Anchorage, prosecutors said. The package weighed 27 pounds (12.25 kilograms) and cost $168.95 in postage.
A narcotics-detecting dog indicated there were drugs in the parcel. Investigators with a search warrant opened the package and found two Christmas-themed cardboard boxes containing a total of 7,639 grams of heroin.
On Nov. 7, law enforcement officers conducted a “controlled delivery” of the package to the home listed on the package.
When officers determined the package had been opened, they converged on the home.
Frye was the only one in the home, prosecutors said. He was found with a torn plastic baggie, a glass pipe and a knife.
A conviction would mean a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years. A conviction on the more serious charge- possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute -could bring a term of up to life in prison and a $10 million fine, prosecutors said.