Marijuana…in the mail? Police bust Waukesha family accused of ordering 32 pounds of pot from California

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WAUKESHA (WITI) -- Marijuana in the mail -- and lots of it! Waukesha police busted a family who thought they were getting away with it for months. They'd order weed from California and have it shipped to their house, but someone else was peeping into their packages.

Shannon Collins

Shannon Collins

Police were able to quickly catch on to the scheme. In December, they executed a search warrant for the packages and the home they were being delivered to and made even more discoveries.

Neighbors living near Oakland and Beechwood in Waukesha are in disbelief over what police say was taking place in a home in the area.

"Yeah, that was a little shocking," Paul Plotkin said.

Court documents obtained by FOX6 News show at least four packages were delivered to a home in the neighborhood since October. Inside each box -- massive amounts of marijuana. The case became part of an existing year-long investigation by Waukesha police involving marijuana drug trafficking organizations. One of those packages, weighing eight pounds has a street value of $47,000. Combined, all of the boxes weighed 32 pounds. Investigators will only say the marijuana has an "extremely high" street value.

"They do try to hide the parcels -- the proceeds and contents of the parcels -- but our detection program is very good," Postal Inspector Brian Haraway said.

Haraway couldn't talk specifically about this case, but he says there are many ways investigators can spot illegal items in the mail.

Shawn Collins

Shawn Collins

Police say Shawn Collins would order the pot from California and have it delivered to his sister's home. Shannon Collins lives in the home with her boyfriend, Angelo Tagliavia.

"That explains why I haven`t seen Shannon around for awhile," Plotkin said. Plotkin lives directly next door to the home where Shannon Collins lives with her boyfriend, Angelo Tagliavia.

Neighbors stand by Shannon Collins -- calling her and her boyfriend good people and the allegations absurd.

"It`s illegal here and that`s a shame," a neighbor said.

Angelo Tagliavia

Angelo Tagliavia

After a search of the home, police say they found prescription painkillers and they believe Collins was selling them. Police also found digital scales inside -- commonly used to weigh drugs.

All three of those involved in this case face a long list of charges, including possession with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug trafficking place.

FOX6 News has learned Shawn Collins died last week. No one was home when FOX6 stopped by the home where Shannon Collins and her boyfriend, Angelo Tagliavia live on Tuesday evening, February 10th.


  • Elise

    Wow, you should be ashamed of yourself – his family is grieving his loss and here you are making fun of his forehead?! I’m sure you are just absolutely perfect in every way. The facts are NOT all here but Fox6 and Waukesha Co. Won’t report about that once they sort out the mess they made here. These people are NOT thugs I’ve known them personally for many years – what ever happened to being innocent until proven guilty?!

  • sanwich

    WAY TO GO! Stopping them there pot smokers… My guess is the area is booming with jobs and free opportunity for all. Nobody doesn’t make ends meet because everyone helps everyone. That way no one has to sell drugs just to pay rent/mortgage/bills/etc. Good thing they stopped the marijuana seller, they are the worst of the worst. Selling plants the can cure forms of cancer. They SHOULD BE PUT IN JAIL FOR LIFE. I mean tobacco and alcohol are so much better individuals and society… They should have just got drunk at a college football game and started a riot… Shame on you for providing a safe alternative way to relax and wind down… SHAME ON YOU!

  • BossIlluminati

    Fastest growing industry in America? Legal marijuana, coming to your town very soon….#1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states….#$$$GrowsOnTrees

  • Kevin Hunt

    Tips for becoming a stealth juror: If you are called up to perform jury duty in a marijuana case, you will be asked by the prosecutor if you would convict someone for a marijuana offense. Say “Maybe if the prosecutor can make a good case”. During jury deliberations, vote not guilty. Do not give a personal reason for voting not guilty; just say that you don’t think that the prosecution proved its case. Your vote will result in a hung jury (mistrial) which may force the prosecutor to offer the defendant a better plea deal or drop the charges altogether. If enough marijuana cases end in hung juries, prosecutors will not bother to try these cases. This strategy helped end alcohol prohibition.

  • Thomas Lee

    Stupid is as stupid does… That being said, anyone inprisoned, fined or even forced in to rehabition is wrong and anyone who does this to anther is commenting a crime against humanity of anther…

  • Shelly

    Wow! U are something else! This is someone that lost there life and a family that lost there loved one! You are a complete monster! Celebrating another human beings death so you can save a few bucks! Over what??? Some weed- he wasn’t a waste of life, he wAs somebody, BUT YOU ARE! Karma is a b@tch

  • Shelly

    Wow! U are something else! This is someone that lost there life and a family that lost there loved one! You are a complete monster! Celebrating another human beings death so you can save a few bucks! Over what??? Some weed- he wasn’t a waste of life, he wAs somebody, He WAS MY WORLD! But YOU ARE a waste! Karma is a b@tch

  • Concerned citizen

    Weed is a real problem don’t ya know? You know all those poor people in waukesha going to weed rehab, or was that heroin? Anyways destroy their life with drug charges because they won’t be a burden on society after that ooooh Noo….. God help us

  • fergus

    Too bad law enforcement doesn’t focus it’s efforts on REAL crimes instead of on this kind of silliness. Weed is illegal – just like alcohol was in the 1920s.

  • Joe Bob

    Good thing we waste our resources on this. In 20 years we will look back at this time and regard everyone who was complicit in the prosecution of people involved in the totally harmless marijuana trade as an imbecile.

  • Steve

    The amount of marijuana he had is a class D felony.
    Human trafficking is also a class D felony.
    Just to be clear, receiving/possessing the amount of weed he had was in the eyes of the state the same as owning and selling slaves (which by the way still happens, recently in Brookfield).

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