VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta Police are encouraging citizens to contact police any time a package is delivered to their home and they're not sure what it is.
It comes after 23 year-old Galen Nathaniel Coles, of Valdosta was arrested Wednesday evening after Valdosta Police detectives received a tip about a suspicious package being delivered to 523 Brookdale Drive from California. Inside the package, detectives found 1.24 pounds of high-grade medical marijuana worth $9,780.
Upon further investigation, detectives determined that the package belonged to Coles, who lives at 1307 Baytree Drive.
"f you get somethin' suspicious that you're not sure what it is, contact the police, contact the post office and find out where it came from," said Valdost Police Department Lieutenant Aaron Kirk. "You don't want to open it because you're not sure what might be inside of it."
Kirk added that sending packages to a random location and then trying to pick them up before the package is noticed is a common trick employed by drug users.
"A lot of times," said Kirk, "drug dealers will use a different address to receive packages and then they'll try to intercept that package before the actual homeowner or resident can get it."
As of Thursday, Coles remained in the Lowndes County Jail is charged with possession of marijuana and felony use of a communication device during the commission of a crime.