Accused Drug Dealer’s Creative Ploy Didn’t Fool Federal Agents

Use balloons for the proper purpose, people

At about 4 p.m. on January 16, William Glarner arrived at a FedEx facility in Cypress and, if law enforcement reports are accurate, gave one of the most original efforts to ship illegal narcotics undetected. Glarner, 33, approached an employee behind the counter while holding a package supposedly from a Long Beach nutrition business to a Valley City, North Dakota man. To discourage any inspection, he emphatically explained that he was “sick and contagious.” 

But the crafty ploy failed. 

Undercover federal agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been hiding outside of the FedEx office, watching Glarner exit and walk into a nearby Mongolian BBQ restaurant. In fact, the suspect had been under surveillance since he’d left his home that day. Fifteen minutes earlier they’d seen him drop another package addressed to a Lehigh Acres, Florida woman in the self-service bin at a U.S. Post Office in Los Alamitos.  

After obtaining search warrants, agents opened the packages. Inside manila envelopes were blue balloons containing tin foil wrappers which held vacuum-sealed baggies. Lab analysis detected nearly 122 grams of methamphetamine, according to a law enforcement report.

Surveillance ended on March 14, when officers arrested Glarner and claim they found 3.3 pounds of meth in his vehicle plus baggies, plastic wrap, blue latex gloves and digital scales.

He is now in the custody of U.S. Marshals and faces an April 22 hearing in Los Angeles on narcotics trafficking allegations. 

CNN-featured investigative reporter R. Scott Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; earned six dozen other reporting awards; obtained one of the last exclusive prison interviews with Charles Manson disciple Susan Atkins; featured in Jeffrey Toobin’s The Best American Crime Reporting; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing entrenched Southern California law enforcement corruption.

2 Replies to “Accused Drug Dealer’s Creative Ploy Didn’t Fool Federal Agents”

  1. Unfortunately he inherited genes from his piece of Sh&t father! What a waste of a promising life. Very sad to see this happen but glad he’s safe and unable to hurt himself or anyone else.

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