Fed Ex package headed for Duck delivers pot arrest

By on April 3, 2012

A Kitty Hawk man was arrested after police found out that a package containing several pounds of marijuana was being sent by Fed Ex to an address in Duck.

On Friday, Hertford police told authorities in Dare County that they had learned a package of marijuana had been found at a Fed Ex shipping facility.

The package was turned over to the Dare County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, which arranged a controlled delivery by law enforcement personnel to an address in Duck.

A suspect came to pick up the package, and police subsequently pulled him over, the Dare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Found in the vehicle was a package containing between 4 and 5 pounds of pot. The vehicle and cash were also seized, the statement said.

Arrested was Jonathan Brandan Dietz, 38, of the 3800 block of Elijah Baum Rd. in Kitty Hawk. He was charged with possession with the intent to sell or deliver marijuana and maintaining a dwelling for the purposes of keeping/storing a controlled substance, the statement said.

He was released on $10,000 bail.

The Nags Head Police Department, the Kill Devil Hills Police Department and the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office were also involved in the investigation.

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April 16, 2012 9:43 am

@Sue, sounds like you are giving OBL a lot of credit and have already conceded defeat in this cultural/financial ruin. Culturally we do have the most broad scope of beliefs in this country, that is what makes America what it is, unfortunately it leaves large groups of good and bad as each individual so chooses. Financially, this is pure greed and started a long time before Osama Bin Laden…don’t give him too much credit. Everyone has to keep holding our politicians to a higher accountability, the job of a politician has become too cushy with just a bunch of aids pandering to lobbyists…that is what is wrong right now. So as mentioned earlier, re-legalize cannabis! It really does shut down a lot of the black market and the usual misdeeds performed with those profits.


April 11, 2012 9:44 pm

Rage, the idea was to keep the Taliban from getting funded and then killing our way of life. We don’t need the Taliban to do that. The government is doing it in more insidious ways and the profiteers, as you call them, are getting huge bonuses to boot.

Make no mistake, Osama Bin Laden knew exactly what he was doing. He said he would drive us into financial and cultural ruin, and that is exactly what is happening. Whatever he was, he did not underestimate the core weaknesses in American society and honed in on them exactly.

Instead of strengthening our own borders in all regards and garnering the sympathy and support of everyone around the world, we fell prey to those weaknesses and have fought the longest three wars in this country’s history, bankrupting our coffers and funneling all the money to the war machine and those who profit from it. Osama, you may be dead, but if you are in Virgin Heaven, you are probably laughing your a– off.

God help this country, and God please bless the Outer Banks.


April 10, 2012 7:22 am

this just confirmed…lots of locals have depostied their brains on the other side of the bridge with the tourists..WAKE UP PEOPLE for those of you opposed to legalizing it…you should at least do some research now so you dont sound stupid. Repeating the same stupid lies that have been taught to you just carries on the ignorance. Of course a 16 year old smoking pot is not ok. Putting a cramp of your local drug dealers style because his biggest buisness is now legal is GREAT! Maybe those of you who have no clue should at least sit down shut up and smoke a joint…you’ll be pleasantly surprised of how open minded you can become.

Rage Against The Machine

April 9, 2012 7:47 pm

Re-legalize it is what I think people need to say. Since it was perfectly legal until 1920.

Rage Against The Machine

April 9, 2012 1:03 pm

The war on drugs is a scam run by prison profiteers and the DEA. There are incredibly more powerful and addictive opiate based LEGAL drugs, which are available by prescription at your local pharmacy(Oxycontin, aka hillbilly heroin,for instance). The powers that be(DEA) need money that is derived from pot busts to fund importation of truly insidious drugs, like cocaine and heroin. For God’s sake look at the data. Heroin flowing into the country has drastically increased since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. Try and prove me wrong.


April 9, 2012 11:37 am

Well I was going to shoot down Troubled Dad & High School Teacher pretty quick, but as I read further thread comments I can see they were already debunked as the same ole’ same ole’. I don’t want to kick you down any further but you folks are the ones that really need to wake up and stop just believing the propaganda based way of thinking. If pot were legal and regulated it would be limited as is alcohol and no, it wouldn’t be ok for a 16 yo to consume. Stop using irrational thought, I know that is what the DARE program taught everyone in elementary school and hell probably still being peddled as the evil doer. I don’t support use of other drugs, but it is about time we stop calling cannabis a drug and treat it as a personal option for consumption among legal responsible adults, such as alcohol and cigs are a personal option. Also, to the close minded, there are numerous beneficial aspects to cannabis whereas there are none to cigs/alcohol. Kids need parenting regardless of each individuals perceived evils in the world, but wouldn’t you rather they hear a reasonable understanding of what is out in this world from you rather than a don’t do this because it’s evil diatribe as a parent? Every kid eventually grows to an adult and develops their own sense of reasoning, all we can do is keep as much credibility in educating them as honestly and openly as possible. So don’t want the stigma of cannabis and act like it is something that is to be hidden, keep support up and eventually it will be legal, so be prepared Troubled Dad & High School Teacher, what will your speech be then, same ole’ same ole’ or will you open your views a bit an allow yourselves a chance to understand?

Rage Against The Machine

April 9, 2012 12:40 am

$30,000 per year, per head.

Rage Against The Machine

April 9, 2012 12:39 am

The divisiveness over this and a plethora of other issues, social, legal, and political are music to the ears of the people who whore themselves out to the highest bidder. These whores have the audacity to call themselves the leaders of our nation. They pretend to call the shots, but are actually having their strings pulled by lobbyists for the corporatocracy that is really running this country. God save the USA. Legalize it. Tax it. Release all people incarcerated for it, saving state gov’t over $30,000 per year that it takes to keep them locked up.

just me

April 7, 2012 12:33 pm

High School Teacher:
To begin with, I have never missed a day of work, or anything else for that matter, due to smoking weed. Neither have my children (the youngest who is no 20) ever seen me smoke weed.

The only problem I have had with any prescription drugs is when a young man came into my house and stole some.

As for them learning habits, especially from adult figures, kids learn bad habits at school as well as at home.

3 teachers busted for possession, 1 for dui and guess what, they get off scott free. Now, what kind of lesson does that teach the kids? Another teacher is all over facebook and YouTube in a video where she is cussing like a sailor at a man in front of a small child and has absolutely no regard for the small child and young children she is having a melt down in front of. So, while you can place some of the blame on the parents you can also place blame on the other adults in their lives, the other ones that are supposed to be teaching them, reading and writing not blunts and grams.

Not a troubled dad

April 7, 2012 12:33 pm

Hey High School Teacher…..Not EVERYONE who smokes pot is unsuccessful or misses days of work.

I seem to recall an article where a couple of teachers were arrested for marijuana possession at First Flight a while back.

Do those teachers miss many days or work? Are they successful?

Just curious

Not a troubled dad

April 7, 2012 12:26 pm

Hey “Troubled Dad…alcohol is legal and parents allow their kids to drink it while being underage.

It has nothing to do whether or not a substance is legal or illegal, it has to do with good parenting.

I never let my kids drink when they were underage and guess what, if pot was legal back then, I would not have allowed them to smoke it either.

It is not the substance, it is the parenting.

Selena K

April 7, 2012 11:05 am

Troubled Dad, where do you see any of us who have spoken up mention that we “think it’s OK to let a 16-yo smoke” ANYthing, much less marijuana? Such leaps and vague generalizations do your argument no good, sir.

I am almost 50 years old, a local business owner and a tax-paying, (99%) law-abiding citizen who has never been in any trouble, and was never fortunate enough to have children so my habits influence no one.

I understand you might have issues with specific wayward parents you’ve witnessed in your time, but please do not paint us all with the same broad stroke.

And we all know that, sadly, the DEA’s budget is too high and there are too many “thumbs in that pie” to ever see pot legalized. Same argument as to why (as Sue said) heroin production skyrocketed the moment we got inside Afghanistan.

It’s all politics and money.

just me

April 7, 2012 9:03 am

equivalent to a cup of coffee? what are you lacing your weed with?

i agree, it’s not addictive nor is it a gateway drug. i also agree it’s best to legalize it. after all, we see what the prohibition did to alcohol.

High School Teacher

April 7, 2012 7:19 am

These comments confirm our biggest problem on the Outer Banks. Any drug becomes a gateway to a way of life. What kind of life do you want to lead? Look at the people around you. Look at their lifestyles. Are they successful? Are you? If you are using drugs in your home, how many days have you missed from work due to legitimate illness? How many days have your children missed from school? How much access does your child have to your prescription drugs, marijuana, and alcohol? Do you even know? I do.

Troubled Dad

April 7, 2012 5:34 am

Wow, I’m pleased to know how many folks are so supportive of THC. But putting a rant up on a website is a far cry from being a force for change. Currently THC is illegal, If you feel so strongly run for local office then state office and hopefully national office and change the system. Rather than just spout hate speech and then get “hi” with you kids. Show then how our system actually works. Or do you feel it’s ok to allow 16 y/o kids to smoke pot. I personally do not. This permissive parenting is creating a whole generation of needy kids. It’s up to us as parents to teach our kids right and wrong,, based on the values set forth by society not our own level of right and wrong. After all on the street, we “all” have to obey the law, or be a force for change. Until then lets stop enabling this behavior and raise and represent good members of society. Personally my opinion of THC is benign, but I also know that if I drive downt he bypass at 70 mph i’m gonna get a ticket. When your child gets arrested for possesion and he purchased this product from this great neighbor, how will you feel after your child has a lifetime record for drug possesion? If your enabling this at home shame on you!


April 6, 2012 10:21 pm

Unfortunately, the U.S. military guarding the poppy fields overseas hasn’t helped the narcotics trade any either. If anything, heroin and its derivatives are cheaper than ever. Yep, big bucks are being made by somebody.

In the grand scheme, this pot bust is pathetic. What is wrong with people?


April 6, 2012 2:23 pm

Thank god some weed was taken off of the street. Maybe some people will be less lazy at work, more aware while driving, and less influential on their children’s misguided awareness of right and wrong.


April 6, 2012 7:29 am

Who remembers the old FEDEX slogan
When it absolutely positively has to be there overnight


April 6, 2012 7:04 am

Its nice to see that there are soo many supporters of pot…when their identity is hidden…how about take your true feelings to the elections?! Not only would legalizing it make millions on taxes..you can make plaster out of the grinded up stems and concrete called hempcrete…this actually gets stronger as it ages..eventually turning to stone..also its mold resistant, keeps out moisture, insulates very well and bugs wont eat it or chew at it, termite resistant too! Um…why havn’t we used this for building yet? wake up and smell the aroma people…” Someone very famous said, “Make the most of hemp seed;sow it everywhere.” GEORGE WASHINGTON SAID THAT… we love him and respect his ideas for everything else…y not this too!

Village Idiot

April 5, 2012 8:35 pm

Seems like when someone is caught with drugs (soft, hard, or Pharma) in Dare Co. it is broadcast the next day on the radio and a ‘Nick Nolte’ mugshot and story on the internet.

But I know of many citizens who have been caught with large amounts and it was not plastered on the media circus.

Is this because the ones that were made public would not become law enforcement informants? Or was it their bad luck it was a ‘Slow News Day’.

There’s an old saying on tight-knit Hatteras Island, “You already know what everyone is doing, you just read the news to see if they got caught.”


April 5, 2012 4:57 pm

I just read an article about all the people dying from prescription pain medications. Pot must be a really big threat to the insurance companies, doctors, and pharmaceutical industries that are legally killing people.

Pot is a pretty effective pain killer and doesn’t kill anybody, nor is it physically addictive like hydrocodone and many other commonly prescribed drugs. It’s politics and who controls the purse strings as usual. Otherwise, pot would already be legal.


April 5, 2012 3:25 pm

When will the idiot lawmakers realize that they could make tons of tax money from the legal sale of marijuana? If anything should be illegal, it’s alcohol. No one ever died from smoking too much pot!


April 5, 2012 2:12 pm

Good points OBXWhat – I sure hope everyone reading this keeps Jury Nullification on their minds if they end up being called for jury duty.

Last time I was on jury duty, there was a girl from Hatteras on trial for dealing pot. The judge practically apologized for having to prosecute her, and 5 members of the jury specifically stated they disagreed with the law. The D.A. didn’t even try and remove them.

Stay strong Jonathan! One day this harmless plant will be legal.


April 5, 2012 9:48 am

Glad to see so many supporters of how ridiculous this type of arrest is. Now they are going to try and ruin this mans life because of how much harm he was causing, BS! There is not one problem with having marijuana if the hypocrites are going to continue allowing cigs and alcohol out there. It is up to us the people to keep pushing our elected officials to make this right. 1. First and foremost, jury nullification, look it up. If asked to be on this mans jury just keep your opinion until your are asked to decide in the jury room…then not guilty based on public support and the injustice of laws that are not supported by the majority of our population. 2. Push local officials to make marijuana laws of the lowest priority in enforcement (people want violent criminals off the streets, not ones breaking a rule that is really just an opinion). 3. Write/Call your state representatives and make sure they know how their constituents feel, ask them to consider supporting your point of view or you will be left with no other choice but to vote elsewhere. Time to stop wasting vital resources on an agenda and use them to stomp out violent criminals/burglaries!


April 5, 2012 8:09 am

Well now that our crack cop force cleand up Duck , lets clean up this big GANG problem the Voice is talking about!!

Rage Against The Machine

April 4, 2012 9:32 pm

Why don’t I ever hear about local law enforcement doing anything substantial about the prescription drug problem in Dare County? These drugs are potentially deadly, especially when mixed with alcohol, and legal, making them the drug class of choice for many hardened users. Cannabis, on the other hand has no known lethal dosage. Many of the weedheads I know are extremely motivated, creative, productive members of society. People will always use cannabis. What about the 1980 CIA sponsored coup detat in Bolivia? Our country helped overthrow their democratically elected president. After which HUGE amounts of cocaine began entering the U.S. from Bolivia. The crack epidemic ensued shortly thereafter. So it’s ok to bring in shipping containers of coke if you work black ops for the gov’t, but you cant get buds in the mail to hook up a few close friends? I’ve known Jonathan for over 20 years, and I would trust him with my life.


April 4, 2012 5:39 pm

WOW! No way!! Not some pot??!! Congratulations Dare County CID, now quit wasting my tax dollars!


April 4, 2012 12:49 pm

Always heard US Mail is less intrusive than the private companies.


April 4, 2012 10:11 am

What a sad waste of time.

Supply will always find demand, and the OBX will always demand pot.

The only victims are those in the grinder that passes for the legal system.

Good luck John.


April 4, 2012 9:45 am

Lets hope the commenters here get picked for this poor guys jury duty. If the sentiments here are the sentiments of the majority, and hundreds of people have their pot delivered to empty rental cottages, why does this poor guy have to be the example of the frine work of law enforcement, while the meth lab and crack heads get out on $1000 bond?

Nags Head Resident

April 4, 2012 9:18 am

Alcohol, caffine, and cigarettes are all just as harmful if not more harmful than marijuana. Alcohol, caffine, and cigarettes are addictive, mind altering, and alcohol can kill you if taken in high enough doses.

Also, marijuana is not a gateway drug. Almost every kid first trys a cigarette, then tries a drink of alcohol, THEN they may try a marijuana cigarette. So if you want to get rid of gateway drugs then you first need to outlaw tobacco and alcohol use.

I say legalize it, control it like tobacco and alcohol, and tax it. I think this is what the majority of Americans want.

Party Dude

April 4, 2012 9:17 am

Dang, the price for my weekend satchel just went up.

Rational kitty hawk

April 4, 2012 9:16 am

My neighborhood is going to pot? Elijah Baum? You worried about these non violent criminals? Think they’re going to harm you? Marijuana is the least of our worries. I’m sure the police loved this, and now they can parade it around and act like they’re really doing something out there. People, marijuana prohibition does not work. It’s not a harmful highly addictive substance, it’s the chemical equivalent to a cup of coffee, and it’s still vilified. The gateway drug scenario is just ridiculous, and if it is, then parents, look to the real culprits, alcohol and cigs, killers and both highly addictive. Also prohibition only maintains and ensures that the drug dealers, on up to the cartels, will benefit from this plant being illegal. Regulate it, tax it, and leave up to the patent to do they’re GD job!


April 4, 2012 8:36 am

Wow, I feel so much better knowing this crazed drug dealer and his pot were safely taken off the streets… gimme a break.

Selena K

April 4, 2012 8:13 am

Oh for cryin’ out loud. Just legalize it, control it, tax it and be done with it. This is stupid. Sheesh.


April 3, 2012 9:49 pm

My neighborhood is going to pot.

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