Two people in Flowery Branch were arrested Thursday on drug charges after a package from the Netherlands was tracked to their residence and found to contain pills, police said.
Stephen D. Jones, 38, and Cynthia B. Jones, 39, were suspects in an investigation by the Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad, which assisted the Hall County Sheriff’s Office special operations unit, U.S. Postal Service investigators and Homeland Security.
Stephen Jones was charged with trafficking and possessing MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy. Cynthia Jones was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Agents estimated the drugs seized to be worth more than $45,000.
The arrests resulted from tracking an online order sent from the Netherlands. It made a stop in Florida before entering Hall County.
“It contained two pairs of shoes, ugly as hell shoes if you want to know the truth,” MANS Lt. Scott Ware said. “They X-rayed it and they saw it was two pairs of shoes and inside the shoes was something else. It had these vacuum-sealed packs of all these pills.”
After the Postal Service discovered the drugs, the agencies collaborated on a “controlled delivery.” Once the package was signed for, a search warrant for the Flowery Branch address was validated.
During a search of the Flowery Branch residence, agents found 2,256 ecstasy tablets, less than an ounce of marijuana, suspected psilocybin (psychedelic) mushrooms and suspected methamphetamine residue. The narcotic MDMA and psilocybin mushrooms, a hallucinogenic substance, are Schedule I drugs.
More charges are anticipated, Ware said.
“We think we’ve got psilocybin mushrooms, but we’re going to dry them out and send them to the state crime lab,” Ware said.