South Bend man charged with dealing marijuana

2012-08-24T13:25:00Z South Bend man charged with dealing marijuanaChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324
August 24, 2012 1:25 pm  • 

SCHERERVILLE | A 23-year-old South Bend man told police he knew there was marijuana in two packages he retrieved Wednesday from a Schererville UPS store.

Benjamin Rangel was arrested about 5 p.m. while entering a vehicle outside the UPS store, 248 W. U.S. 30, police said.

Police located a third package in the vehicle after searching it, court documents show.

The contents of the three packages tested positive for marijuana. More than nine pounds of marijuana was confiscated, police said.

Rangel told police he picked up similar packages from multiple UPS stores during the past two months.

He also indicated he would receive $100 for each package after he dropped them off to another person, court documents state.

Police became aware of the suspicious packages when employees at the Schererville UPS store told police one of the packages received Wednesday was damaged and it appeared marijuana was inside.

The packages, which were addressed to a Schererville female, had been sent from Texas, police said.

The store allegedly received similar packages on three other occasions. Rangel allegedly picked up the packages, claiming to be the female's brother.

Rangel was charged in Lake Criminal Court with dealing in marijuana and possession of marijuana.

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