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Edgewater man arrested after police say 29 pounds of marijuana shipped to Governor Calvert House from California

Michael Clayton Kenney, 24, of Edgewater, was charged with importing kilograms of drugs into Maryland after Annapolis police said he tried to collect a package shipped from California containing more than 14 pounds of marijuana from the Historic Inns of Annapolis.
Michael Clayton Kenney, 24, of Edgewater, was charged with importing kilograms of drugs into Maryland after Annapolis police said he tried to collect a package shipped from California containing more than 14 pounds of marijuana from the Historic Inns of Annapolis. (Annapolis Police Department)

Staff at the Governor Calvert House stumbled across a peculiar package Friday, shipped there but addressed to neither an employee or guest. Then, they got a call from a man using a blocked number who said he needed to come pick it up. A manager called police, court records show.

The brown cardboard box “with heavy, ridged tape at the seams” was allegedly packed with over 14 pounds of marijuana and approximately 1,000 grams of THC wax shipped from California and, according to court records, it wasn’t the first of its kind shipped to the hotel on State Circle.

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Going by the alias Greg Harris, the man showed up Friday night to collect his bounty, court papers state. But Annapolis narcotics detectives had worked quickly, performing a K-9 scan, obtaining a search warrant and revealing the illicit contents of the box, which police estimated to be worth $130,000 on the street.

When Michael Clayton Kenney, of Edgewater, was let into the hotel lobby, two police officers emerged and arrested him. The 24-year-old has been charged with importing between 5 and 45 kilograms of marijuana into Maryland, possession with intent to distribute drugs and possession of more than 10 grams of marijuana — 6,554 grams, to be exact, court records state.

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Kenney was released from custody Saturday after a $5,000 bond was posted for him, online court records show. He does not have an attorney listed, and Kenney himself could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

Friday marked the second time in less than a week that Annapolis police detectives descended upon the hotel by the State House, the documents state. The hotel had turned over to police on Monday a similar looking package from Redding, California. It had been addressed to a man who the hotel had no record of as an employee or guest.

An employee who answered the hotel phone Monday said the business had no comment. The employee declined to disclose their name.

The package police collected Monday had inside 14 sealed tin cans containing more than 14 pounds of marijuana, according to the court papers. Detectives estimated the weed to be worth more than $96,000 on the illicit market.

“California is known as a source state for many (drugs), including marijuana,” an Annapolis narcotics detective wrote in charging documents.

Annapolis detectives ordered on Friday a K-9 scan of the package addressed to Greg Harris and the drug-sniffing dog indicated something was inside, court documents state. Circuit Court Judge Glenn Klavens signed a search warrant and police busted the package open at 9:18 p.m.

Inside, officers uncovered 14 metal tins with marijuana and a heat-sealed bag with wax-like substance believed to be THC, the main ingredient in cannabis that produces psychoactive effect, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

“(Drug) dealers will often will utilize fake names with the postal service to ship large amounts of (drugs) from source states, such as California,” the Annapolis detective wrote, adding that the postal service is quicker and less risky for the dealer than driving the drugs from state-to-state.

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