Feds: Youngstown man picks up 2 pounds of cocaine at Salem apartment
Federal authorities have arrested a Youngstown man who they say used the postal service and a Salem apartment complex to pick up more than two pounds of cocaine shipped from Texas.
Michael D. Sandusky, 45, has been in the Mahoning County jail since last month when he was arrested by U.S. Marshals on a charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
According to a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, a drug-sniffing dog led postal officials to a package containing 2.3 pounds of cocaine being shipped from Houston Texas to an apartment on Continental Drive in Salem.
Using a GPS tracker and surveillance, agents say after the package was delivered to a man living at the Salem apartment, the man placed the package into a dumpster.
Shortly afterward, agents say Sandusky pulled up in a car, picked up the package, and drove away.
Agents say they tried to pull the car over about twenty minutes later as it was headed toward Youngstown.
According to an affidavit, Sandusky at first sped up, not pulling over until he had driven about another mile.
Marshals say they found the cocaine and a smashed cell phone in the car.
Back at the Salem apartment, agents say the man who received the package told them that Sandusky told him that he was having issues with people stealing packages delivered to his home and paid him $100 to take delivery.
The man said he had no idea what was in the package and had received packages for Sandusky three or four times before. There is no indication that charges were filed against the man.
Sandusky remains in the Mahoning County jail while a federal grand jury considers the case against him.