Local man arrested in marijuana-by-mail sting

PARKERSBURG – Local authorities and U.S. Postal Service inspectors on Friday charged a Parkersburg man with drug trafficking after they allowed suspicious package to be delivered to his residence.

Mathew Gonzalez, 28, 4305 Stella St., Parkersburg, was charged with obstructing and felony possession with the intent to deliver, said Sgt. Greg Collins, a spokesman for the Aggressive Crime Enforcement Task Force in Wood County.

Postal inspectors and agents with the task force at about 8:30 a.m. Friday conducted the controlled delivery of a suspicious package at the residence at 147 Murphytown Circle in Davisville, Collins said.

After the owner of the home accepted delivery, investigators inspected the box finding approximately 5.5 pounds of suspected marijuana in 12 separate packages, Collins said.

During an interview with the homeowner, Gonzales became disorderly and attempted to keep the homeowner from speaking with investigators, Collins said. He was taken into custody for obstructing and removed from the area, Collins said.

It was determined Gonzales was the intended recipient of the package, Collins said. He is also charged with felony possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, Collins said. The homeowner was not charged, Collins said.

A deputy sheriff and a police dog participated, Collins said.

Gonzales was taken to the sheriff’s office for processing. He was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and held on $50,000 bond.

He is in the North Central Regional Jail.

The Aggressive Crime Enforcement Task Force is comprised of investigators from the sheriff’s office, West Virginia State Police and the Parkersburg Police Department.