Police: 3 used social media, teens to distribute marijuana

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PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) – Three Lebanon County men are charged for a marijuana distribution scheme that involved the U.S Postal Service, social media and teenagers, authorities said.

The Lebanon County Drug Task Force identified the suspects as Alberto J. Perez, 20, of Palmyra; Andres Rodriguez, 22, of Lebanon; and Kelvin Xavier Rivera, 20, of Newmanstown.

Authorities said police said Perez arranged to ship two six-pound packages of marijuana to the home of a 14-year-old Londonderry Township girl in March. The girl’s parents found the first package and the marijuana and turned it over to police.

Rodriguez and Rivera were arrested while trying to claim the second package. Rodriguez was previously known to authorities for selling marijuana on Snapchat and Instagram, police said.

Authorities said Perez previously lived in the Palmyra area and had reached out to two minors, a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old, through Snapchat and other social media. He asked to send packages to their homes that others would pick up in exchange for marijuana vaping cartridges.

Rodriguez paid Perez to purchase and ship the marijuana to the Palmyra area for Perez and others to sell, police said.

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