Dallas Police and the DEA Seized a Quarter-Ton Shipment of Xanax Over the Weekend

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William Ian Brown did not have a prescription for the single alprazolam (Xanax) pill he was allegedly carrying in his pocket when he was arrested on Sunday. A crime, to be sure, but a minor one. If prosecutors decided to pursue the case -- given that it was a single pill, they might not bother -- the worst outcome would be a short stretch in Lew Sterrett, a modest fine and a misdemeanor conviction.

But that pill wasn't his problem. It was the 550 pounds of alprazolam he and his business partner, Brandon Lynell Gardner, had allegedly just taken possession of near Interstate 35 and Northwest Highway.

According to federal court documents, Brown and Gardner, are both officers of Dynasty Global Systems LLC, a local freight-hauling company. Gardner had arranged a shipment of two pallets from Denver to be delivered to a Northeast Dallas warehouse.

The truck driver assigned to make the delivery didn't know what was on the two pallets, but the presence of a "chalk substance," plus the fact that a "priority delivery" was being sent to an unmanned warehouse, were enough to make him suspicious. So, he contacted the DEA.

He met with federal agents and members of Dallas PD's narcotics unit upon his arrival in Dallas on Saturday. It didn't take long for their drug dog to pick up the scent of Xanax or for the officers to find 550 pounds of pills in vacuum sealed bags. Depending on dosage, that's somewhere between 250,000 and 1 million pills in all.

On Sunday, he made the delivery as planned, although Gardner changed the location at the last minute from the warehouse (which sits just behind the Pump It Up bounce-house extravaganza at Forest Lane and Greenville Avenue, the go-to place for 5-year-olds' birthday parties) to a location near Interstate 35 and Northwest Highway. DEA agents were watching as the deal went down, and they arrested Brown and Gardner as they began to drive away in their U-Haul.

Brown and Gardner both claimed ignorance of the shipment's contents, a story the feds didn't buy. Prosecutors filed criminal charges against the pair on Monday.

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22 comments
paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

Dynasty Global sounds very Prestige Worldwide to this humble dude

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

I predict post apocalyptic, Cormac Mccarthy's "The Road" type conditions by next week in the following cities:  Lewisville, Mckinney, & Frisco.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

      ... Just Legalize It !!

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

the staff at the bounce house may seem a little surly this week.

leftocenter
leftocenter

One of my go-to lines when discussing outings with a whole bunch of teenagers is:

there isn't enough xanax in the world...but there is! 

And someone stole it!

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

Question where did the million pills come from, Mexico or Canada? What a travesty because a little Xanax or some Valiums with a good wine, and after a fine meal makes me "Happy, Happy, Happy".  

ruddski
ruddski

Xanax is terrific, if you don't mind losing your memory or becoming a moron over time. I've seen it literally eat people away, and kicking the habit can be difficult and deadly.

Valium seems to have less severe effects.

You know the old joke - a man needs to be on his deathbed to get a valium, women are issued a script at birth.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

You're telling me the trucker narced?


What is this world coming to?

jsasingh2013
jsasingh2013

People need these pills for anxiety and some drs don't prescribe bad deal if you ask me

sstrong421
sstrong421

Heh, I always got the feeling that shady dealings were going down in that cul-de-sac by Dallas Rocks/Summit Dallas/Pump It Up.  Suspicions confirmed.

ruddski
ruddski

Works on the vapors too.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

Believe it or not, marijuana causes anxiety in a lot of people. Xanax and other benzos are a godsend.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@P1Gunter  

Mostly because MJ is illegal and a PITA to obtain. Remove the stigma around the substance and the legal ramifications of purchase / possession and the anxiety factor drops significantly.

YMMV.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@P1Gunter The only anxiety it causes me is when I notice my little jelly jar gets empty and I have to procure more.

observist
observist topcommenter

@P1Gunter Yeah - alcohol too.  I can't get my %^&^$%^ GP to prescribe me a decent Bordeaux - always just that Yellow Tail crap.

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