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An Overnight Delivery -- Of Justice

Windjammer Street is a fairly innocuous road out in the vast westside suburbs. Who knew one of those homes was hiding a huge counterfeiting operation?

The feds.

The intercepted a package from Nigeria at a DHL hub in Kentucky addressed to a Eddie Wrobiv on Windjammer here in Houston. Since the package contained almost $748,000 in counterfeit cashier's checks and money orders, they decided to take delivery of it off of DHL's hands.

An undercover fed dressed up as a DHL deliveryman, knocked on the door of one James E. Brown, 54, and asked if he was Eddie Wrobiv and was expecting a package.

Unfortunately for Brown, he said. "yes." Wrong answer.

Says the U.S. Attorney's office:

Brown accepted delivery, taking the package into his house.

Thereafter, ICE agents executed a search warrant at the residence, found Brown, the $747,990 contained in the original package and $1.8 million worth of alleged counterfeit monetary instruments, ledgers, check writing software, check paper, a commercial printer, western union receipts and three computers.

What, you expect a man to just go out and earn $2.5 million when he's got the stuff to print it right there? You ask too much, fed man.

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Brown was taken into court yesterday and is being held in federal custody pending a hearing tomorrow.

If a bond is set, we'd be very careful about taking any cashier's checks from it if we were the bondsman.

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