Alleged Drug Shipment Leads To Arrest

marijuana seizureA Martin man faces drug and other charges after authorities arrested him at his home last week.

Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley said it started last week when authorities received information about a delivery about to take place to a Martin residence.

“Tuesday, April 29, the Mountain Judicial (Circuit) N.C.I.S. Team and the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office received information of a package that contained 25 pounds of marijuana, having a street value of over $112,000, that was to be delivered to a Martin address,” said Shirley. “Agents and investigators received information that this marijuana originated in Mexico City, Mexico.”

Shirley said NCIS agents intercepted the package and confirmed that the package’s contents and that it was imported from Mexico.

At that point, the sheriff said NCIS and National Guard Counterdrug Task Force agents set up a surveillance area around a North Holcomb Drive residence where the package was to be delivered and the Sheriff’s Office DELTA Unit also staged near by.

Then, Shirley said that the NCIS Team used a Sheriff’s Office deputy and set up a planned undercover controlled delivery of the package to the residence.

“The deputy was disguised as a shipping company delivery worker and was driving a truck that resembled a shipping truck,” said Shirley. “He had the individual that lived there sign for the package and he indicated the package was his. After the deputy working in the undercover capacity left the residence, we waited a few minutes and then we all went in and took control of the residence and found all of the marijuana hidden under the bed in the bedroom.”

Shirley said authorities recovered the 25 pounds of marijuana, which had been placed in large binders where copying paper had been cut out to create large enough holds for the marijuana to be stored.

In addition, the sheriff said agents also seized a Glock semi-automatic handgun and an AR-15 assault rifle with a scope.

Authorities arrested Phil Wesley Misenheimer, age unlisted, of North Holcomb Drive.

Shirley said Misenheimer is charged with Trafficking in Marijuana and Possession of a Firearm During The Commission of a Crime.

Other agencies assisting in the investigation included the Toccoa Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, and Habersham and Rabun County Sheriff’s Offices.

Shirley said the investigation is ongoing.