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'Dog helps police seize drugs, AK-47'

'$100,000 in hash, marijuana found'

A drug-sniffing dog with the U.S. Postal Inspectors helped tip the police to a 24-year-old Concord man they arrested earlier this week after seizing $100,000 worth of marijuana and hashish and an AK-47 rifle.

Jack Cayes was arraigned in Concord's district court yesterday on two counts of possession of controlled drugs. Cayes, who lives on Jackson Street, had more than five pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of hashish at his apartment, according to the complaints filed in court.

Concord police Sgt. Roger Baker, head of the department's drug enforcement unit, said the police had previously received tips about Cayes, but it was a call from the postal inspectors that spurred the investigation. "As it so happened, because of this relationship with the postal inspectors, they were aware and got a package their drug dog hit on," Baker said.

According to a police affidavit dated Feb. 3, the police got a call in January from a postal inspector who suspected a package he was asked to deliver to Cayes's address had illegal drugs. The inspector told the officer the package was addressed to someone at Pats Peak, but the postman who tried delivering it was told no one by that name was at that address, according to the affidavit.

The next day, the inspector told the police, he got a call from someone claiming to be the person whose name was on the package. The person asked the inspector to deliver it to Cayes's address, according to the affidavit.

The police went with the inspector to deliver the package, and Cayes told an officer he knew the package was going to be delivered but refused to say who sent it, according to the affidavit.

The officer asked Cayes what was in the package, "and he would not say anything and started looking at the ground," according to the affidavit. He wouldn't let the inspector search the package, but later agreed to let the police open it after the officer said he would get a search warrant, according to the affidavit.

Six packages of marijuana and four of hashish were inside the package, according to the affidavit. The officer told Cayes he wouldn't take him into custody that day but would seek a warrant for his arrest, according to the affidavit. The police said they arrested him Tuesday.

Baker said Cayes likely paid $65,000 for the drugs seized by the police and would have made more than $100,000 reselling it. He said that the amount of marijuana Cayes had wasn't unusual for a dealer, but that the quantity of hashish, which Baker said is valued at $10,000 a pound, isn't often seen in New England.

"That was probably the biggest surprise," Baker said. By weight, the police seized more marijuana, but the hashish had a greater value, he said.

Baker said it's often difficult to catch drug packages, given the volume of mail the U.S. Postal Service processes and the way drugs are mailed. "This was not, 'I'm a buddy sending a buddy drugs through the mail,' " he said. "These are double heat-sealed packages."

But while Cayes's package was professionally sealed, the inspector's dog still caught it, Baker said. "The dogs are hitting on the smell of marijuana, mostly because the people who are packaging it are lazy," he said.

Cayes's bail was set yesterday at $3,000 cash and $50,000 personal recognizance.

(Maddie Hanna can be reached at 369-3321 or mhanna@cmonitor.com.)

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