ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Two men were arrested in a marijuana bust that involved homes in China Grove and Charlotte.
On Wednesday February 11, local and national law enforcement reportedly watched as three UPS packages were delivered to two men in China Grove, NC. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office says agencies set up surveillance and saw the two men in a Lexus pick up the packages and put them in their vehicle.
That's when the RCSO followed the Lexus to a home in the 400 block of West Hillside Drive in China Grove, NC where investigators say they put the deliveries in a building behind the home.
Deputies say the two men were followed from the house to I-85 South where they were stopped by investigators.
Soukhanh Saengchanh and Sourachay Mysayakhom were in the Lexus and, according to reports, the men were detained while investigators searched the West Hillside Drive home. RCSO says that house belongs to Saengchanh's parents and sister.
According to deputies, the three boxes of marijuana were found in addition to reported evidence of previous shipments of marijuana brought to the residence.
When the two men were processed at the Rowan County Detention Center, investigators say they found six United States Postal Service receipts in Sourachay Mysayakhom's sock. Each receipt reportedly showed that packages were shipped from Fresno, California, on February 9, 2015, to addresses in China Grove and Charlotte.
Rowan authorities say they obtained a search warrant for Saengchanh's Charlotte residence where investigators reportedly discovered evidence of large scale drug trafficking and previous shipments of marijuana being delivered to North Carolina from California through USPS. Two other packages of marijuana were reportedly intercepted at the United States Postal Service Mail facility in Charlotte that was destined for delivery.
According to the Rowan Sheriff's Office, a total of 60 pounds of high grade marijuana valued at $300,000 was seized.
Soukhanh Saengchanh was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana, one count of conspiracy, and one count of maintaining a vehicle/residence to keep and sell controlled substances. Sourachay Mysayakhom was charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana and one count of conspiracy to traffic marijuana. Bonds were set at $1,000,000 each.
The United States Postal Service Inspectors, the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, the United States Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and China Grove Police Department were all involved in the investigation.