Woman tries to ship pot, meth through the mail

Regardless of California’s laws on the legal use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it’s definitely not legal to ship it over state lines for any reason.

So when a Visalia woman attempted to ship a quarter of a pound of marijuana through a parcel service last week, the Visalia Police Department quickly tracked her down and made an arrest. The incident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 5 when detectives with the Visalia Police Department Narcotics Unit received information regarding a suspicious package at a local shipping company.

“The company was not involved in the shipping of the package and the company’s employees reported the suspicious package to us,” said Sgt. Damon Maurice, public information officer for the Visalia Police Department.

Detectives discovered that the package contained 4 ounces of marijuana and 2 ounces of methamphetamine that was being shipped to Arkansas. The woman who attempted to send the package, 53-year-old Shirley Lusk, was found at her home and was arrested without incident. Lusk was booked into the Tulare County Pre Trial Facility for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

“We think this was just an isolated incidence and are still investigating if this has been attempted by Lusk before,” Maurice said.

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