A McLoud man recently was arrested in Oklahoma City on complaints of drug charges and stealing drop boxes from three different shipping companies, according to a report from Oklahoma City police released Monday.
Officers arrested the man after being called about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a call about someone selling drugs outside a home at 2232 SW 26.
When an officer knocked on the door, the man who answered it appeared very nervous, a police report stated. The officer saw what appeared to be a gun in the man’s pocket and asked him to step out on the porch. A search revealed what appeared to be a small bag of marijuana in the man’s coat pocket, the report showed.
A second man who came out of the house told police he was feeling ill. He was transported to the hospital by EMSA.
While both men refused to give permission for a house search, the man accused of holding the drugs told investigators said drop boxes from FedEx and UPS were in a shed out back.
A quick check with area shipping companies showed FedEx had four boxes stolen recently, while UPS had six drop boxes stolen, the police report said.
Officers went through the home’s trash cart, and found a baggie containing a small amount of cocaine, broken drop box locks and several packing slips and envelopes belonging to UPS, FedEx and Lone Star Shipping.
In a search of the house, officers found a loaded .22-caliber handgun, a pit bull — removed by animal control officers — more FedEx and UPS envelopes and four large concrete blocks.
UPS officials told police their drop boxes were anchored on similar concrete blocks and the locks found in the trash were consistent with the type used by both shipping companies, according to the report.
The report also noted that shipping company officials were called to the house, where they identified several large stickers belonging on the outside of their drop boxes, more locks and other parts belonging to the boxes—- including pieces of a UPS drop box door–all in the storage shed behind the house.
While officers were there, another man walking by the house was arrested too, after one of the men inside the home told officers the bystander had been inside when officers had first arrived.
Officers questioned that man and discovered he had an outstanding arrest warrant for first degree burglary.
The McLoud man was arrested on complaints of receiving and concealing stolen property and two counts of possession of marijuana.
Chad Crow, staff writer