New Orleans Saints player David Onyemata’s Elmwood apartment was raided by narcotics officers after a package addressed to the defensive lineman that contained marijuana products was delivered to his home, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joseph Lopinto.
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Onyemata, 26, was arrested by misdemeanor summons for possession of marijuana. He was not booked into jail, said Capt. Jason Rivarde, spokesman for the department.
A New Orleans Saints’ spokesman declined to comment on the matter Thursday (Feb. 7).
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent seized the package in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 28, and contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Local authorities conducted a “controlled delivery” the next day, allowing the marijuana parcel to be delivered to Onyemata’s apartment, Lopinto said.
Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives executed a search warrant at the Elmwood apartment around 12 p.m. They seized a total of 80 grams of marijuana products, including hemp powder, THC oils and edibles, authorities said.
Onyemata received a summons because the drug amounts did not reach distribution levels.
“It was a personal amount,” Lopinto said.
The Sheriff’s Office wasn’t targeting Onyemate, specifically, nor were they on a mission to bust someone with a small amount of marijuana, according to Lopinto. They were following tip from the federal agency about a drug alert on the package.
“We handle this type of investigation all the time,” Lopinto said.
Many residents have been arrested for allegedly having illegal drugs mailed to their home.
In 2016, police arrested a man named Thomas Arbon after U.S. Postal Service Inspectors discovered marijuana and THC wax inside a package addressed to his Kenner residence.
Officers obtained a search warrant and took Arbon into custody after he accepted the package, finding more marijuana and a digital scale inside, authorities said. Arbon later pleaded guilty in Jefferson Parish court.
“We issue misdemeanor summons all day long for possession of marijuana,” Lopinto said. “It’s news because he’s a Saints player.”