POLSON - A pair of U.S. Postal Service contractors have been arrested on drug charges in Western Montana.
Lake County Sheriff Don Bell reports that the contractors are facing felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute charges.
Sheriff Bell says a deputy acted on information that Anthony Friscia, 62, and Mary Friscia, 47, were using the postal service to traffic methamphetamine into the Polson area from out of state. The Friscias are U.S. Postal Service Route drivers for the Polson Post Office, according to Sheriff Bell.
An investigation was conducted with the aid of the U.S. Postal Inspector and U.S. Marshall's Office. In coordination with the Polson Postmaster, a suspicious package was identified, according to Sheriff Bell.
The package was determined to have not been delivered to the address marked on the parcel and instead was located at the Friscia home in Polson. Almost a ½ pound of methamphetamine, $1,000 in cash and 10 firearms were seized.
The Friscias were booked and released from the Lake County jail.
Bell noted that other recent narcotics investigations conducted in conjunction with the Kalispell and Missoula area drug task forces have resulted in the seizure of an additional ½ pound of methamphetamine and 10 pounds of marijuana -- all of which was being trafficked from out of the area.