BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office narcotics agents arrested a couple accused of dealing drug from home on Paducah Court just off of George O'Neal Road.
Detectives charged Robin and Henrietta Mercer with possession of a firearm with a controlled dangerous substance, possession of schedule II drugs and possession with the Intent to Distribute marijuana, Xanabars and Schedule II drugs .
EBR agents credit an alert postal worker who they say noticed something suspicious about a number of packages addressed to the suspects' next door neighbor. A K9 detection dog was brought to the post office off of Coursey and detected the presence of narcotics after surveying a set of packages.
Investigators then set up a sting operation and had the suspected drugs delivered to the mailbox in question. According to the report, they observed Robin Mercer retrieve the packages containing the drugs.
Agents say the couple had asked to borrow the neighbor's mailbox in order to have marijuana delivered.
"You know a lot of times this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Casey Hicks, spokesperson with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office. "It's what they had at the time, but when we think these people are out there dealing with these drugs what we can do is not only get the drugs off the streets but get the dealers off the street as well."
The sheriff's office claims it seized 8 lbs. of marijuana, $5,328, plastic bags with 1,084 "xanabars," ecstasy, various pain pills and several guns.
The couple has since bonded out of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.