Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Delavan man receives ‘stayed’ sentence in pot through mail case

July 19, 2012

ELKHORN — A 52-year-old Delavan man won’t go to prison after police intercepted a package heading to his home with more than two pounds of pot in it.

Paul S. Neves, formerly of East Troy, pleaded guilty April 27 to conspiring to possess marijuana with intent to deliver. The charges were filed after law enforcement intercepted a package that contained more than two pounds of pot that was addressed to Neves.

On July 16, Judge Robert Kennedy imposed and stayed a four-year prison sentence, which means Neves will only be incarcerated if he violates the terms of his six year probation.

As a condition of his probation, Neves has to spend one year in the county jail with work-release privileges. He also must pay a $5,000 fine.

Misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed but considered during sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint:

An East Troy police officer obtained a search warrant for Neves’ home after a deputy with the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department, in California, intercepted a UPS package that contained 909.9 grams of marijuana. The package was sent by “Janet Peters” and was addressed to Neves at his address in East Troy.

The deputy in California spoke to a UPS security supervisor about packages that were sent to Neves from Sonora, Calif.

The security supervisor said six packages were sent to Neves in 2011 and that all six were similar in weight as the package confiscated by law enforcement.

While searching Neves home, police located a brown packaging box similar to the one that was confiscated by the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s office. That box had a shipping label on it from “Janet Peters” in Sonora, Calif.

An informant told a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy that Paul Neves’ brother, Steve, has been shipping him marijuana. The informant also reported that Paul Neves originally sent money orders to pay his brother, but switched to cash to reduce the paper trail.

Inside of Paul Neves’ home, police located six receipts for payment from Paul to Steve that were in the amount of $999.

During the search of Paul Neves’ home, police also located marijuana and marijuana pipes.