Police have arrested a 40-year-old Marietta man who investigators said used the post office to import over 23,000 prescription pills, mostly synthetic opioids.
According to an arrest warrant, the investigation into Don Juan Johnson began May 13, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted several packages labeled “supplements” coming from Germany to JFK Airport in New York.
All of the boxes were destined for the Marietta Post Office on Lawrence Street and addressed to Don Johnson.
The border agents found one of the packages contained 2,000 pills of tramadol, a prescription opioid pain reliever.
On May 31, the Marietta Police Department’s Crime Interdiction Unit, Atlanta Homeland Security Investigators and U.S. Postal Inspectors waited for Johnson at the post office and confronted him in his car after he received a package.
According to his arrest warrant, Johnson told police he had been receiving various pills from an unknown person he was communicating with via the WhatsApp app on his phone.
A later search of Johnson’s home yielded nearly 21,000 Tramadol pills as well as other prescription pills, including muscle relaxer Soma and anxiety drug Alprazolam.
Johnson is being held at the Cobb County jail without bond. He faces four felony possession charges and one felony count of using his cellphone to commit a drug felony.