(Bridgeport, WA) On Wednesday, November 28th, Douglas County Sheriff’s detectives were contacted by a narcotics detective from the Visalia, California Police Department in reference to a narcotics investigation. The Visalia detective advised that he had received specialized training in recognizing narcotics packages being shipped through commercial carriers. He advised that while performing monitoring duties at a sorting terminal of a commercial package delivery company, he noted a particular box that he considered suspicious based on how it was wrapped. The detective obtained a search warrant and opened the package and found it contained approximately two pounds of marijuana. The “sent from” address on the package was fictitious. The delivery address was in Bridgeport, Washington. The Visalia detective forwarded the package to Douglas County detectives who obtained a search warrant for the Bridgeport address and the person named in the delivery address.
On Monday, December 3rd at about 3:00 PM, an undercover Douglas County deputy posing as a contract delivery driver, delivered the package to the address which is a residence located in the 1400 block of Foster Avenue in Bridgeport. The person that the package was addressed to was at the residence and signed for the delivery. Members of the Douglas County Special Response Team were already in place monitoring the residence. A few minutes after the package was delivered, the Special Response Team approached the residence and served the search warrant.
Ranferi S. Torres, DOB 07-25-90 of Bridgeport was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to deliver. Torres was booked into the Okanogan County jail and the marijuana was recovered. The estimated value of the marijuana is approximately $7,000.