Memphis man arrested for shipping ‘Glock switches,’ having guns and drugs, officials say

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was arrested after detectives found nearly 400 THC vape pens, guns, drugs and cash during a search of his home.

On March 4, Customs and Border Protection in Alaska notified the Homeland Security Investigations Office in Memphis about two parcels containing Glock conversion devices that transform a semiautomatic weapon into a gun capable of emptying an entire magazine with a single pull of the trigger.

The devices were found to be prohibited firearm parts from China, according to an affidavit.

One parcel contained 172 Glock conversion pieces, fraudulently labeled as ‘motorcycle adapter parts.’

Another parcel contained 86 Glock conversion pieces, fraudulently labeled as ‘bicycle adapter parts,’ police said.

Both parcels were addressed to a person in the 4700 block of Bondale Avenue.

Investigators used a database to find out who had active utilities at the address, according to the affidavit.

On March 11, law enforcement obtained a search warrant at the home.

Three days later, members of the HSI Memphis team, along with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Division, began conducting surveillance at the location.

According to police, investigators delivered both parcels to the home, which were received and taken into the home by a woman.

Detectives then detained the woman while executing the search warrant.

During the search, investigators saw a man, identified as Eddie Martinez, run toward the back door and drop a semiautomatic pistol, according to the affidavit.

Detectives found unused THC vape pens scattered throughout a bedroom, clearly labeled that they contained THC/cannabis.

Detectives also found marijuana on top of a dresser, police said.

At this point, investigators decided to perform a narcotics search, which revealed the following items: 337 THC vape carts, a digital scale, and a prescription bottle containing 25 Schedule II substances.

Over $8,000 in cash was found inside a tool case.

Police found a .308 caliber rifle with a high-capacity drum magazine next to the bed, according to the affidavit.

Two Glock handguns were also found inside a dresser.

Detectives found 56 additional THC vape pens inside another bedroom, along with numerous bags of THC product labels.

A trash bag containing multiple empty prescription syrup bottles was also recovered.

During an interview, Martinez’s mother said her son was not employed, smokes marijuana and occasionally receives small envelopes in the mail, according to the affidavit.

Martinez faces multiple drug charges and four counts possession of a firearm.