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Police got a tip last week from a California resident who’d been warned to accept a delivery of marijuana coming in the mail, court papers state, and when the mail arrived, the law officers were there and later arrested a Virginia man who allegedly showed up to retrieve the parcel of pot.

Darren C. Grosche, 25, of Falls Church was released from St. Mary’s jail on $5,000 bond after his arrest last Wednesday, Nov. 21, on charges including the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

The person who called police, not identified in court papers, told the officers that Grosche had contacted the residents of the California home, and that they “were threatened to accept the package and then to call once the package arrived” at the address off Indian Bridge Road, according to a statement of probable cause filed by St. Mary’s sheriff’s deputy Anthony Whipkey.

Narcotics detectives responding to the scene were there when a U.S. Postal Service employee delivered the package, court papers state, and with the California resident’s consent, the law officers opened the package and found a “large quantity of suspected marijuana.”

“Once the package was resealed, the [California resident] called the defendant to advise him the package had arrived,” Whipkey wrote in the charging document. “The suspect was then seen arriving in his vehicle, and ... once he accepted the package, he was placed under arrest.”

Capt. Daniel Alioto, the sheriff’s office commander of vice narcotics, reported this week that more than a pound of marijuana was seized as a result of that delivery, and that more packaging materials found in Grosche’s car with residual amounts of marijuana indicated that the suspect had “received numerous packages of marijuana in the same manner.” Police seized the suspect’s 2009 Ford Focus.

Prescription fraud alleged

Forrest Malcolm Gray Jr., 28, of North Beach was released last Friday on personal recognizance after his arrest on charging papers alleging he used a fraudulent name to obtain 90 oxycodone pills this month at the Target store in California, and failed in his attempts to get the pills at St. John’s Pharmacy in Hollywood and at Tidewater Pharmacy in Mechanicsville.

Gray was charged with prescription fraud and defrauding a state health plan.

Charging papers allege that the suspect fraudulently used women’s names in his attempts to get the pills.

JOHN WHARTON