A city man received a special delivery Wednesday and soon after was in police custody.
Fifteen pounds of marijuana was reported inside the package delivered to and signed for by the man authorities said used a false name.
Tigris Hobbs, 38, of 51 Washington Ave., was arrested Wednesday on one count each of first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree forgery. Both are felonies. Hobbs is accused of signing for the package, delivered to a Fifth Avenue address, just after 11 a.m. on 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. “Based on giving a fake name, he obviously didn’t want anyone to know his true identity,” Frisoni said.
Signing the fake name on the postal receipt was the basis for the forgery charge. After Hobbs signed for the package, investigators moved in, serving a search warrant and arresting him, Frisoni said.
The marijuana was wrapped in the cardboard box in bubble wrap, Burns said. Whoever packaged it also put several dryer sheets inside.
“They think that throws the dogs off,” Burns said.