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Medical Marijuana Shipment Seized

To one man, it seemed like an all-too-simple plan. Just mail some marijuana from California to Tennessee, letting the United States Post Office do the dirty work. But when the pot showed up at the Spring City Post Office lawmen were waiting.

The man who police say sent the eight-pound package of premium, medical-grade marijuana didn’t think about the intense smell it would produce. So his alleged actions resulted in him and three other people getting weed-whacked by the long arm of the law.

20-year-old Anthony Michael Livers of Oroville, California was busted for sending that eight-pound package of pot. Investigators said he has a California license to grow and sell medical marijuana but that license does not cover sending it across country to Spring City, Tennessee.

“Somebody was really out of their mind to send something like that,” Spring City resident James Parker said.

“Stupid, stupid, they outta been caught and shoulda been caught,” Ernie Murphy said as he gathered his mail at the post office.

Investigators said Livers mailed the package of marijuana to a house on Watts Bar Lake. But the person who runs that route for the post office knew no one was living there at the time. So the package never left the post office.

People familiar with the investigation said the package was poorly wrapped with little effort to conceal it’s contents. The intense smell of marijuana wafting from the package filled the back of the post office and caught the attention of postal workers.

Postal officials then called the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, who’s investigators and drug sniffing dogs confirmed the illicit contents. They set up a sting and when Livers showed up, along with three other people, they were taken into custody.

Livers is charged with felony possession of marijuana for resale, as is Phillip Devin Abner, Tiffany Louise Cupp and Michael Cole.

The bust is all the talk at the Spring City Post Office.

“Oh yea, I mean look at what drugs are doing to our country, it’s sad, something has got to be done,” Murphy said.

Parker said “that wasn’t a real bright idea, not coming into a regular post office where it’s not approved for regular use yet.”

Abner, Cole and Cupp are free on a $35,000 bond but Livers remains in the Rhea County Jail under a $35,000 bond.

U.S. Postal Inspectors have joined the investigation and are considering federal charges.

The street value of the medical-grade marijuana is estimated between $24,000 and $32,000.

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The breaking news, Medical Marijuana Shipment Seized excerpt from News Channel 9

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