CHALMETTE, La. - Two St. Bernard Parish men were recently arrested separately after they received shipments of high-grade marijuana at their homes, Sheriff James Pohlmann said Wednesday.
The packages each contained 1.5 pounds of the marijuana and both came from California.
Pohlmann said authorities are trying to determine if the two men know each other.
Manny Gallardo, 32, of Meraux, and Louis Menesses, 32, of eastern St. Bernard were both booked with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
The sheriff said the total of the nearly three pounds of expensive marijuana would have been worth just under $20,000 on the streets.
An investigation is continuing into who sent the marijuana, Sheriff Pohlmann said.
Gallardo was arrested on Oct. 31 after the marijuana was sent to his residence. A handgun was also found in Gallardo's home. Gallardo was released from St. Bernard Parish Prison on bond of $10,000.
Menesses was arrested on Nov. 4 after the marijuana was sent to his residence. He is being held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of bond set at $25,000.