Postal Service aids Task Force

MARTINS FERRY – A Martins Ferry man was arrested Saturday morning by members of the Belmont County Drug Task Force.

Joquin Jabber Prebble, 651 S. Zane Highway, was found in possession of 6.54 pounds of marijuana at the time of his arrest. The arrest happened at the intersection of Monrow and Indiana streets in Martins Ferry.

The Belmont County Drug Task Force was first notified by the U.S. Postal Inspector out of Cleveland that a suspicious package arrived at the Martins Ferry Post Office. The names of the receiver and sender did not match the names on the addresses the packages were being sent to.

“On Friday, (The Drug Task Force) the State Patrol brought down its K-9 unit and investigated a room full of boxes at the post office,” said Drug Task Force Commander and Martins Ferry Police Chief John McFarland. “In the years I have worked with the Drug Task Force, we have notifications from UPS and Fed Express of people trying to send drugs through the mail.”

The only box that the K-9 unit red flagged was the the package in question.

“Members of the Drug Task Force set up a sting operation all day Friday and no one showed up,” said McFarland. “At 11:30 on Saturday, Prebble came and signed for the package and rode off on his peddle bike.”

The Drug Task Force arrested Prebble with the 6.54 pounds of marijuana in his possession and was transported to the Belmont County Jail.

“I want to credit the work of the Drug Task Force officers, two officers sat and waited for 10 hours, I credit them for their dedication to the task force,” said McFarland.

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