READING, BERKS COUNTY—A Reading man, 30 year old Billy Robles, has been arrested in connection with the seizure of 300 pounds of marijuana worth about $1.3 million. Agents from the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation found the marijuana hidden in a shipment of home improvement materials that was bound from Texas to Berks County.
The marijuana was sent from a fictitious Texas company to a Berks County business registered in the name of Billy Robles. The marijuana was carefully wrapped and disguised as boxes of ceramic floor tiles -- concealed inside nine shipping pallets of wallpaper, flooring tile and other home improvement materials.
The drug shipment was initially identified by police in El Paso, Texas, and followed to a self-storage facility in Shillington, Berks County, by agents from the Attorney General's Office.
Robles was arrested on Wednesday when he arrived at the storage area to sign for the drug shipment and unload it. During the unloading process Robles allegedly inspected the pallets of materials, giving special attention to the "floor tile" boxes that contained marijuana - at one point placing a cell phone call to an unknown party and confirming that the shipment had been delivered.
Robles is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, criminal conspiracy and criminal use of a communications facility. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.
He was preliminarily arraigned before Reading Magisterial District Judge Stuart Kennedy and lodged in the Berks County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 26th, at 8:30 a.m.