SPOKANE, Wash --- A local man is accused of sending nearly 60 pounds of marijuana from Spokane to Texas via mail over the course of three months.
Detectives with the Spokane Police Department responded to a UPS warehouse in Spokane Valley in late March. Warehouse employees reported packages that smelled like marijuana. The head of security for the warehouse told SPD they had the authority to open suspicious packages being sent through UPS.
Warehouse officials said they found two large, vacuum sealed bags containing a green leafy substance, which was later identified as marijuana.
The head of warehouse security investigated the suspicious packages and told SPD they were being shipped by a person named “Taylor Weimez.” Fifteen packages were sent under the false name from a fraudulent address.
The packages sent under the false name were each around four pounds in weight. Court documents state the suspect sent multiple packages to the Houston area which totaled 60 pounds of marijuana.
On March 15, the suspect attempted to ship another package, but UPS employees intervened. The employees attempted to stall the suspect, who then became suspicious and fled the store with the package.
One employee took a photograph of the suspect and his vehicle.
Following the incident at the store, SPD contacted the employees who had attempted to stall the suspect. One employee said she confronted the suspect about the marijuana smell coming from the package. The suspect told her he grew marijuana.
The employee told SPD the suspect used a credit card in the name “Christopher Jackson.” Employees said the suspect refused to show any identification when he used the credit card.
SPD searched several databases for “Taylor Weimez;” the name used to ship the packages. No results appeared as part of the search. SPD then ran the name “Christopher Jackson,” which provided several records.
SPD then ran the phone number that had been used on the shipments, which traced back to a man named Christopher D. Jackson. Jackson also had an address and driver’s license in Texas, which was in close proximity to the address where one of the previous packages was sent.
Detectives contacted the Texas Joint Crime Information Center asking for a picture of Jackson’s license. The license picture matched the picture the UPS employee took during the incident.
With this new information, detectives ran another search through local data base systems. The search showed Jackson made a Crime Check report on April 23 regarding a stolen cell phone.
According to court documents, Jackson reported that his cell phone was stolen from the business “Piece of Mind” on North Division Street.
Jackson listed his phone number in the police report, which returned to a woman named Tatum Wright. A database searched showed Wright had reported her vehicle being stolen near her home. The address listed in the report is only a short distance from the UPS store where Jackson allegedly tried to ship the packages of marijuana.
SPD contacted Wright through social media and found she had pictures of herself with Jackson. Wright’s stolen vehicle matched the photograph of the vehicle Jackson was seen driving at the UPS store earlier, court documents state.
SPD responded to the address associated with Jackson and Wright. Based on utility usage and smell near the house, detectives believed Jackson and Wright were growing marijuana inside the house and shipping it to Houston.
A search warrant has been issued to use a GPS tracking device for this case.