Man busted at city marina after receiving package of pot, Reese's Pieces

rmccarthy@keynoter.comApril 9, 2014 

Cereal manufacturers are known for packing prizes in their boxes, but not the kind that was in David Stegemeier's Honey Bunches of Oats on Saturday.

The 58-year-old faces a drug charge after reportedly receiving around 1.5 ounces of marijuana via FedEx. The pot allegedly was sent to his City of Marathon Marina mailing address; he's renting one of the city's mooring balls in Boot Key Harbor.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, besides the pot, the package included the duct-taped cereal box, two bags of Reese's Pieces and one bag of Peanut M & M's.

The Sheriff's Office says a FedEx operations manager in Marathon smelled the odor of fresh marijuana coming from the package and reported it to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit.

That agency turned it over to Sheriff's Office deputies, who arranged a "controlled delivery" to the marina. Stegemeier reportedly yelled "Hey, FedEx!" when it was delivered, and took possession of it from police after producing identification and saying the package was his.

Deputies then identified themselves and told Stegemeier they were there "due to the obvious odor of marijuana emitting from the package."

Stegemeier agreed, reportedly telling police "it reeks." He conceded to a search, at which point deputies opened the package and found Ziploc bags containing marijuana.

Stegemeier is charged with possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, a third-degree felony. The Sheriff's Office didn't say from where the marijuana was sent.

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