“Sloppy” postage, pregnancy test lead to discovery of “Pink” bust suspects


INTO THE CASE AFTER A REQUEST CAME IN FROM THE LEXINGTON SHERIFF’S OFFICE. ALSO TONIGHT INVESTIGATORS SAY THAT PREGNANCY TESTS, HANDMADE LABELS AND A POSTAGE MISHAP LED THEM TO A PAIR IN GREENVILLE THAT’S STANDING ACCUSED OF TRAFFICKING THE DRUG PINK. 7 NEWS REPORTING ADDIE HAMPTON WAS AT A COURT APPEARANCE THIS MORNING AND SHE’S JOINING US NOW WITH ALL THIS NEW TESTIMONY THAT REVEALED DISTURBING DETAILS. Reporter: DEFINITELY, AMY. WE SAW AND LEARNED THAT THE OVER DOSE DEATH OF A PORTLAND, OREGON TEENAGER SPARKED THIS ENTIRE INVESTIGATION AND THOSE DRUGS WERE TRACED BACK TO THIS PAIR IN GREENVILLE. TODAY WE LEARNED THAT ANOTHER OVERDOSE DEATH RIGHT HERE IN THE UPSTATE IS BEING INVESTIGATED IN RELATION TO THIS CASE. THEODORE AND ANA WERE BACK BEFORE A FEDERAL JUDGE ON MONDAY. THAT JUDGE SET TO DECIDE IF THEY GET BOND OR SIT IN PRISON UNTIL TRIAL. MONDAY’S PRELIMINARY HEARINGS CENTERED AROUND THE TESTIMONY OF A SPECIAL AGENT WITH THE HOMELAND SECURITY INVESTIGATIONS UNIT. CONNECTING THE DOT FROM PORTLAND IN THE FEBRUARY DEATH OF A TEEN DUE ON OVERDOSE DEATH ON PINK ENTERED TO KEY ITEMS FOUND IN THE GIRL’S APARTMENT. FIRST THE PARCEL WITH A PHONY GREENVILLE ADDRESS THAT THE DRUGS WERE SHIPPED IN, A CLEAR PLASTIC BAG HOLDING THE WHITE POWDER WITH A COMPUTER GENERATED NOTE WITH THE CLINICAL NAME AND A PREGNANCY TEST, A DECOY PURCHASED A AT DOLLAR TREE THAT HID THE DRUGS DURING SHIPMENT. STORE CAMERAS CAPTURED THEM BUYING THE PREGNANCY TEST AT A GREENVILLE DOLLAR TREE. THE OTHER IE AT THE PRESENTS WERE FOUND IN — IE AT THE PRESENTS WERE FOUND — ITEMS WERE FOUND IN THE COUPLE’S APARTMENT. THEY SENT MORE THAN 100 PARCELS THROUGH THE NAIL. MORE MAIL. — THROUGH THE MAIL. BETWEEN 9 AND 12 HILL — KILOGRAMS OF THE DRUG WAS ALSO FOUND. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HARD TO TRACK DOWN THE PAIR HAD THEY NOT GOTTEN SLOPPY. HE MAILED AN ITEM TO HIS FAMILY AT THE REAL ADDRESS AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS SENDING DRUG PARCELS WITH THE FAKE ONE. THAT LED THE POSTAL SERVICE RIGHT TO THEM. A SKRUJ SAID — A JUDGE SAID THAT THE PAIR POSED A FLIGHT RISK AND DENIED BOND TO THEM BOTH SAYING THERE’S TOO MUCH DAMAGE TO THE PUBLIC WITH THE POTENTIAL CONNECTION TO TWO OVERDOSE CASE. Reporter: OF COURSE MORE MANY DETAILS TO. OH OUT — TO COME OUT OF THIS. ONE OF THE HARD THINGS TO SEE AND HEAR WAS THE STORY OF ANA’S FAMILY. THEY ARE ALL NATURALIZED CITIZENS FROM COLUMBIA WHERE HER PARENTS WERE ATTORNEYS. THEY FLED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO BECAUSE DRUG TRAFFICKERS THERE ATTEMPTED TO KILL THEM. YOU CAN SEE THE EMOTION ON THEIR FACES AS THEIR DAUGHTER WAS TAKEN TO FEDERAL HOLD TODAY TO STAY THERE UNTIL TRAIL IN RELATION TO A DRUG TRAFFICKING CASE. THE IRONY FOR THIS FAMILY IS INCREDIBLE. Reporter: ABSOLUTELY. REALLY TOUGH FOR THEM. Reporter: THERE’S PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED TO THIS CASE. IT’S GOING TO BE VESTING TO SEE — INTERESTING TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYS OUT. WHAT ABOUT WHERE THIS GOES FROM HERE IN TERMS OF THESE FOLKS? HOW DO PEOPLE KNOW THEM? WHAT DO THEY DO? Reporter: THEY ARE PERCEIVED REGULAR FOLKS. SHE WAS STUDYINGING BIOLOGY AND HE WAS WORKING AT AN — STUDYING BIOLOGY AND HE WAS WORKING AT AN URGENT CARE FACILITY IN BOILING SPRINGS. IT’S A LOT TO TAKE IN. DEFINITELY FOR NEIGHBORS AT THAT APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE THEY

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