Information that police disclosed Thursday shows that a man they charged in July with trafficking in methamphetamine had spent six months going back and forth between Raleigh-Durham International Airport and Los Angeles, where he shipped FedEx packages back to himself in Raleigh about every 10 days.
The information is in an application that a Raleigh drugs detective filed July 9 for the small, brick house where 42-year-old Billy Brian Roberson lives on Van Dyke Avenue.
Citing from his informants and from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Detective B.V. Johnson wrote, “Roberson was alleged to fly to L.A. to purchase pounds of methamphetamine and then ship the drugs back via mail or FedEx.
“Over a period of approximately six months, flight records for Roberson showed multiple trips to L.A., where he would stay for a few days and then return to Raleigh. These trips occurred, on average, once every 10 days,” Johnson told a magistrate who granted the search warrant.
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Johnson said he also had examined trash bags that were put out on city property for pickup in May and June and found material every time that tested positive for traces of methamphetamine.
Also in a bag one time were discarded FedEx packages that each had weighed 1.1 pounds and had been sent by overnight express from California, Johnson said.
With the search warrant in hand, detectives went to the house at 2627 Van Dyke Ave. late on July 9.
An inventory of what they found, returned with the search warrant to the Wake County court clerk’s office Thursday afternoon, showed that the officers confiscated more than $6,000 in cash, 197.87 grams of methamphetamine (about 0.43 pounds) and a bit under a half-ounce of marijuana.
There also was a digital scale, shipping labels and packaging materials listed.
Roberson was charged shortly after midnight with trafficking in methamphetamine and using the house to keep and sell drugs.
The magistrate before whom police took Roberson after his arrest said he was a “high flight risk, frequent traveler with travel plans in the near future” and had “access to large amounts of cash.
Roberson was initially held on $1 million bail, but he had been released as of Friday. He is scheduled for another court appearance on Oct. 6.