Albert Lea Man Charged After Receiving Over a Pound of Cocaine in the Mail

An Albert Lea man was charged with first degree drug possession Thursday in Freeborn County District Court after he received over a pound of cocaine through the mail at his home in Albert Lea.

Forty seven year old Juan Mendez appeared on the charge, which involves possessing 50 grams or more.

Court documents stated an agent of the South Central Drug Investigation Unit was informed Tuesday of a package that had been intercepted by airport police that contained 1.365 pounds or 618 grams of cocaine.  The package was reportedly shipped next day air to Mendez in Albert Lea.