YCSO: 2 Milwaukee men try to ship cocaine, pot from Chino Valley area

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CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. -- A man and his nephew were arrested after Yavapai County authorities said they tried to ship packages full of drugs out of state.

Todd Brazeau, 50, and Brandon Brazeau, 41, both of Milwaukee, were booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including possession of narcotic/drug for sale and possession of marijuana for sale.

Each remains in custody on a $50,000 bond.

According to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, a clerk at the mail desk of a business in the Chino Valley area became suspicious when the men dropped off two packages on Wednesday.

The men filled out paperwork requesting the boxes be sent to Milwaukee and demanded a certain shipper even though the cost was much higher. The men paid more than $200 in cash to ship the boxes and claimed they contained "sweaters and shoes."

The clerk told authorities that it appeared the men were attempting to distract her from asking specific questions about the contents of the packages as they continued talking about random unrelated topics.

YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said the clerk elected to enforce the company's publicly posted policy reserving the right to check the contents of specified packages before shipment. She reportedly discovered a large amount of white powder in a sealed plastic bag inside one of the boxes and called the Chino Valley Police Department

A drug/narcotic certified K9 was brought to the business and alerted on the package in question. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives examined the contents of each box and found four vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana with a total weight exceeding 4 pounds in one box, and one bag of cocaine with a weight exceeding 5 ounces in the other.

During the investigation, the clerk received a call from one of the men indicating he had placed the wrong zip code on the boxes. The clerk told him he would be required to return to the business to sign a shipping correction notice and he agreed.

Once the men arrived, they were contacted by detectives assigned to Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking (PANT).

Detectives served a search warrant at a motel in Prescott Valley where the men had been staying and confirmed they were involved in the purchase and shipment of the contraband, according to D'Evelyn. Detectives found the same leftover packing material used to secure the contraband in the shipping boxes.

"Essentially, the suspects came to the Prescott area to visit friends and after finding out how 'cheap' certain drugs were, they decided to make a purchase to ship home for later sales," D'Evelyn said.