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Methamphetamine was stuffed inside UPS packages with DVRs and camera equipment addressed to a Dayton residence, according to court documents filed in Dayton’s U.S. District Court.

Salathiel Goodson, Donald Smith and Donald Jenkins-Mills all face charges for distributing more than 500 mg of meth, according to an affidavit written by a task force officer with the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS).

All three men currently housed in Butler County Jail were set to appear Monday in court for detention hearings. They all have preliminary hearings scheduled for early February.

The DHS agent wrote that three suspicious packages — reportedly weighing 40, 38 and 6 pounds — were addressed to “Cams4less” at a Glenwood Avenue address in Dayton. UPS officials indicated that no such business was located at the address.

A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office detective and his K-9 responded to the UPS Hub Facility to check for the odor of a controlled substance. Once a search warrant was obtained, the agent wrote, the packages were opened.

The contents included a box with a metal camera holder and no contraband, a box with two DVR units with meth inside and a box with three DVR units with meth inside. The agent wrote that the Regional Crime Lab calculated a total of 892 grams (nearly 2 pounds) of meth.

All three men were seen in a vehicle together which left the Glenwood residence and went to another address, according to the complaint. The boxes were delivered and agents saw the three men take the boxes inside the Glenwood residence when they returned.

A warrant was served, the meth recovered and all three men were interviewed. Smith said he lived at the residence, but did not want to discuss the packages, according to the agent.

The complaint said Goodson indicated he had no knowledge of what was in the UPS packages and that he was given $10 to give the other two a ride. The agent wrote that the law enforcement officer was familiar with Goodson because he had been in possession of a similar DVR box.

Mills acknowledged he was a low-level drug dealer, the agent wrote, and that he would normally acquire an ounce of meth for $800. The agent quoted Mills as saying he knew about the expected delivery of the packages, but that he was not the “big guy” but “part of the conspiracy.”

 

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