Police said a Schenectady man received a special delivery Wednesday that landed him in jail.
Inside the package delivered to and signed for by Tigris Hobbs, 38, of 51 Washington Ave., using a false name was 15 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.
Hobbs was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree forgery, both felonies.
Police said Hobbs signed for the package when it was delivered to a Fifth Avenue address,just after 11 a.m. Wednesday. Postal inspectors, though, had tracked the package after a drug-sniffing dog alerted them to it, said James R. Burns, assistant special agent in charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Albany district office.
Postal inspectors were assisted in the case by DEA agents and Schenectady police officers.
The package came from Arizona, city police spokesman Capt. Peter Frisoni said.
Signing the fake name on the postal receipt was the basis for the forgery charge, according to papers filed in court.
After Hobbs signed for the package, investigators moved in, serving a search warrant and arresting Hobbs, Frisoni said.
The marijuana was wrapped in the cardboard box in bubble wrap, Burns said. Whoever packaged it also put several dryer sheets inside, which Burns said was likely done to try to throw dogs off the scent of the drugs.