Teen busted mailing marijuana from California to Missouri

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OVERLAND, MO (KPLR) – Every day, more than 9 million packages are shipped through FedEx. That’s a lot for workers to sift through, as they keep an eye out for prohibited items. But sometimes, one package stands out. Like a small freezer that arrived at the Overland FedEx terminal from California.

“They could tell it smelled like marijuana almost immediately,” says Overland Police Chief Mike Laws. FedEx employees called police immediately.

Officers discovered about 4,400 grams, or about 10 pounds, of high-grade marijuana, stuffed into 12 plastic bags, stacked inside the freezer.

Police say 19 year-old Zachary Haferkamp sent this package to himself from Redding, California. The Hillsboro resident was taken into custody at the FedEx in Fenton.

Laws explains, “He was stopped when he attempted to pick it up. He obviously wasn’t aware of the interception.”

Haferkamp admitted to the crime. He said he got the marijuana from a California friend of his, and planned to sell it in St. Louis. He hoped to make anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 through this illegal business venture. He’s now charged with possession of a controlled substance, with intent to distribute it.

Haferkamp isn’t alone. Fox 2 has previously reported on St. Louisans caught, receiving marijuana in the mail from other states. Authorities say the amount of weed sent through the mail has skyrocketed since the drug was legalized in certain places.

U.S. postal inspectors in St. Louis seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana, just last year.

FedEx is also keeping an eye out for these pot-filled parcels. Although they can’t discuss specific methods of identifying these packages, FedEx spokesperson Jim McCluskey states, “Federal law prohibits possession of marijuana…We continue to cooperate with law enforcement officials in their efforts to combat the illegal use of our network for the shipment of illegal drugs.”​