Deputies: 50 lbs. of pot sent to home via FedEx

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News

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Posted on November 15, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 15 at 12:38 PM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Travis County investigators say they've busted an elaborate scheme starting with a FedEx delivery of nearly 30 pounds of pot.

An Austin home on La Casa Drive is where an arrest affidavit states two separate deliveries of medical-grade marijuana, totaling 50 pounds, were made through FedEx on Nov. 9 and 10. The affidavit states that the marijuana has a street value of $300,000.

"It is pretty surprising," said nearby resident Austin Burke. "That is a lot of drugs to ship through a commercial shipping company." 

"It is a really quiet neighborhood," said neighbor Emily Tindall. "I have never heard anything or really seen anybody at that house. It is entirely surprising."

What those receiving the drugs did not know is that investigators were aware of the shipments. In fact, a Travis County sergeant dressed as a FedEx delivery man dropped off the second package.

The affidavit states the man who opened the door and removed the package, Gino Angulo, lived at 3706-A Clawson Road, just a couple of miles from the rental property. There, investigators found what they believe was the previous day's delivery of marijuana: two and a half pounds of hashish, large amounts of bulk currency and unlabeled prescription pills. Lauren Ann Ferrier, 32, who also lived at that address, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

"The whole thing from start to finish is incredibly bizarre," said Tindall. "The whole thing seems very odd. That's a terrible thing to do."

The owners of the rental property where the drugs were delivered say it is a furnished house that is usually rented to out-of-towners in for a few days, a week or even a month at a time for events like SXSW.  They say the person who rented the home from them last week does not fit the police description of either Angulo or Ferrier. 

Travis County Sheriff's investigators say this is still an open investigation and more arrests are likely to come.

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