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Box of cannabis on its way to Wood River from California intercepted in Hazelwood

Police intercepted a box that may have been shipping cannabis from California, according to court records.

A 16-inch by 16-inch brown box was intercepted at the U.S. Postal Service sorting facility in Hazelwood, Missouri after a postal inspector saw the name on the shipment. That name was on a list of possible fictitious names used in drug trafficking, according to the police statement filed with a request for a search warrant.

The box was being shipped to an address in Wood River. The U.S. Postal Service delivered it to the Illinois State Police, which used a narcotics-sniffing K-9 unit to investigate the package. The dog alerted at the box to the possible presence of narcotics. On that basis, the court granted the search warrant.

Police then recovered approximately 11.3 pounds of cannabis and packaging from the box. It was not immediately known if anyone has been charged.

Elizabeth Donald: 618-239-2507, @BNDedonald