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Authorities intercept pot sent by FedEx

Posted February 17, 2011

— Three local law enforcement agencies helped nab a suspect last week after Durham police intercepted a FedEx package containing marijuana.

Maj. Gary Blakenship, spokesman for the Chatham County Sheriff's Office, said Wednesday that the package had two pounds of high-quality marjiuana and had been sent from California to 47 Chester St. in Pittsboro.

A Chapel Hill police officer posed as a FedEx delivery person and staged a controlled buy of the package, Blakenship said. Chatham County narcotics officers then searched the house and made an arrest.

Michael Deangelo Cheek, 28, was charged with felony possession with intent to sell and distribute marijuana, felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was placed in the Chatham County jail under a $7,500 secured bond. 


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 21, 2011

    Thanks for the clarification, seankelly15. Do you have a comment about my statement that "laws don't dictate what's right and wrong"?

    I’ve seen many people make the argument that something is “wrong” merely because it is illegal and for not other reason. I gave examples of how this mentality is wrong. Does anyone really disagree with this?

  • uberdetro Feb 18, 2011

    Another waste of money from the same Sheriff's Department who disposed of many pounds in the county landfill, only to have it disappear a few days later. Wasn't a sheriff charged about 5 years after the event for selling marijuana that turned out to be really old, moldy brick weed? Like the herb dumped in the landfill? Really people, there are for more serious issues our tax dollars should be put towards than setting up a "sting" for some nice organic marijuana? What about the meth problem seeping in from Asheboro or the crack dealer's in downtown pittsboro? Its all just BS, our LEO's are becoming corrupt, focusing on wrong problem. Oh, also to the person referencing the Canadian marijuana going to California, infact California obtained most genetics we see today from war vets coming back from Vietnam and other regions who smuggled the seeds back, many moved north with friends who dodged the draft and developed the genetics over the years so ganja would grow well in US climates & soil

  • welfare blows Feb 17, 2011

    It doesn't seem very smart for the Chatam County authorities to tell how this operation took place. It may make it difficult for any further operations similar in nature to take place and/or be an officer safety issue.

  • wildcat Feb 17, 2011

    Whats Webster saying about this big crime of Chatham County?

  • wildcat Feb 17, 2011

    Such a honest looking guy.

    They don't have to be ugly or rough looking. They can be a knock-out and be a criminal. Wake up!

  • wildcat Feb 17, 2011

    How dumb can a person be these days? So glad the officers outsmarted this person and hopefully he will receive some prison time.

  • Bon Viveur Feb 17, 2011

    2 pound of high quality M.J.!!! My pavlovian trigger went off just reading that and my mouth watered at the thought! Back in the day I had an artist friend up near the NC/VA border that grew the stuff. I didn't smoke, but I cooked with it. He sent me home after a visit with a 30 gallon trash bag filled to the brim in the trunk of the Jag. That stuff lasted for years and years. At Thanksgiving we even stuffed the turkey with it and baked it into cakes. Everyone was frozen in place until 2:00 a.m. the next day. Even the dogs were stoned, fell out and were "sleep running" in their dreams. Ah, the good old days!

  • seankelly15 Feb 17, 2011

    hereandnow99 - Prostitution is legal in only two counties in Nevada; Las Vegas is in neither county.

  • SilverWolf Feb 17, 2011

    What's wrong, Jodi? Did I hurt your feeling talking about alcoholics? hahahahaha Your staff is worthless, girl. Completely worthless.

  • leastwo2001 Feb 17, 2011

    Just think if it was legal they (DEA/local police) could actually spend time going after crack/cocaine/heroine/meth dealers. Oh and the jail space saved, money and manpower that could be used elsewhere. Cold we possibly balance our budget this way?!