Smith’s bail set at $50,000 will appear in court again Oct. 16

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photo by Kim Cameron Officer Mike Minhas monitors traffic as a member of Grand County's Emergency Response Team stands guard. After Robert Mark Smith's arrest, law enforcement agencies searched his home for weapons and ammunitions.
photo by Kim Cameron Officer Mike Minhas monitors traffic as a member of Grand County's Emergency Response Team stands guard. After Robert Mark Smith's arrest, law enforcement agencies searched his home for weapons and ammunitions.

Wyoming without a travel permit and upon arrival back in Colorado, was arrested and received the various traffic violations while moving a mobile home. As stated above, Smith was scheduled for a trip to Hawaii this week, in which he didn’t acquire a travel permit. And finally, Smith failed to provide proof to the probation department that he relinquished his weapons.

On October 2, 2018 the United States Postal Inspection Service notified the Grand County Law Enforcement agencies concerning 11 packages addressed to Mark Smith, which were shipped via USPS. One of these packages had broken open during shipping and revealed what was believed to be ammunition. A Postal Inspector (PI) came from Denver to take possession of the package and X-ray the contents. Upon further inspection approximately 2000 rounds of ammunition were confirmed along with a sword, pocket knives and other miscellaneous items.

The PI researched the addressee, Robert Smith, and discovered his probation status. The terms of Smith’s probation strictly prohibits Smith from possessing or having access to any firearm, explosive or destructive device, or any other dangerous instrument or weapon, at which time he informed law enforcement of the findings. According to the PI, mailing ammunition is Wyoming without a travel permit and upon arrival back in Colorado, was arrested and received the various traffic violations while moving a mobile home. As stated above, Smith was scheduled for a trip to Hawaii this week, in which he didn’t acquire a travel permit. And finally, Smith failed to provide proof to the probation department that he relinquished his weapons.

On October 2, 2018 the United States Postal Inspection Service notified the Grand County Law Enforcement agencies concerning 11 packages addressed to Mark Smith, which were shipped via USPS. One of these packages had broken open during shipping and revealed what was believed to be ammunition. A Postal Inspector (PI) came from Denver to take possession of the package and X-ray the contents. Upon further inspection approximately 2000 rounds of ammunition were confirmed along with a sword, pocket knives and other miscellaneous items.

The PI researched the addressee, Robert Smith, and discovered his probation status. The terms of Smith’s probation strictly prohibits Smith from possessing or having access to any firearm, explosive or destructive device, or any other dangerous instrument or weapon, at which time he informed law enforcement of the findings. According to the PI, mailing ammunition is prohibited through the United States Postal Service and the USPS investigates these types of violations. Due to the nature of this incident and the product being shipped through USPS, Lieutenant Dan Mayer, GCSO, iterated that “the U.S. Postal Inspectors office is conducting an investigation and we are cooperating with them on their investigation.” The sender of the product, an auction company based 
in Minneapolis, will also be included in the federal investigation.

When law enforcement was contacted by the Postal Inspector, The Grand County Sheriff’s Office arrested Smith without incident on October 4 at 6:45am. Subsequently, the GCSO conducted a search of Smith’s residence with assistance from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office along with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms federal enforcement agency based out of Denver. The search lasted 6 hours and concluded that Smith didn’t have possession of firearms, but he was in possession of ammunition. During Smith’s bond hearing in District Court, Smith said he felt that he could possess ammunition while on probation.

Smith is due in court on October 16, 2016 for the revocation hearing with Judge Cantazarite.

For clarification purposes, shipping ammunition through USPS is not permitted. However, UPS permits ammunition shipments with packaging, weight, and labeling qualifications. Fed-ex also permits ammunition shipments with certain regulations. It is not uncommon for bulk shipments of ammunition through both companies to private parties. Due to the ammunition being shipped through USPS, the company responsible for the shipment will also be involved within the investigation.

 

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