On Sept. 25, postal authorities alerted Roseville police narcotics detectives to a suspicious package that had been returned to them. The package contained address abnormalities and other features indicating that it contained illegal drugs, according to a Police Department news release.
Narcotics detectives investigated and identified a couple they suspected of sending the package. Detectives contacted the couple and served a search warrant authorizing them to open the suspicious package. They found it contained approximately 4 pounds of vacuum-packaged methamphetamine, police said. Detectives estimated that in California the methamphetamine would cost a dealer $32,000 and would bring at least $90,800 once it was repackaged for street sale. The street value could be far higher outside California, according to police.
Detectives also served a search warrant at the couple's home, where they reportedly found packaging materials and other items associated with drug sales,illegal assault weapons and ammunition.
Lionel Shiloh Reyes (pictured), 34, was arrested Friday and booked into Placer County Jail on suspicion of possessing and transporting methamphetamine for sale, possessing illegal firearms and other related charges. He remains in custody in lieu of $505,000 bail. His wife, Jaylene Duenas Reyes, 30, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and conspiracy. She was released on a citation to appear.
Police said it is becoming more common for higher-level drug dealers to mail illegal drugs out of state because they often bring greater profit in geographic areas outside of California. The Roseville Police Department works with the U.S. Postal Service and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to combat such drug trafficking methods.