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Marijuana shipped via FedEx; 2 arrested

John Paul Barker & Stephen Ray Jones John Paul Barker & Stephen Ray Jones
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Two Nashville men were arrested Wednesday after 12 pounds of marijuana were sent by FedEx from California to Tennessee.

Acting on a tip, detectives arranged for a specially trained drug dog to sniff a FedEx package. The dog strongly indicated that it contained narcotics.

Once the package was delivered a home onThuss Avenue, detectives executed a search warrant.

John Paul Barker, 30, the man who accepted delivery, admitted to the presence of marijuana in the house and said that he had seen his roommate, Stephen Ray Jones, 61, with large bags of marijuana.

Jones arrived home shortly thereafter and acknowledged expecting a package containing marijuana that he claimed to have grown while in California.

Jones said he rarely smoked marijuana but was a seller.  He told detectives the FedEx shipment was the second he had received.

Seized from the home Wednesday were 12.5 pounds of marijuana, an assault-type rifle, two computers and two guitars.

Both Barker and Jones are charged with possession of marijuana for resale, possession of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

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