ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - An Elmira man was convicted after using a recently deceased person's mailbox to ship meth from California.

According to a U.S. Attorney, 35 year old Lamar Thompkins of Elmira arranged for over four kilograms of meth to be shipped from California to a private house in Elmira. The owner of that house had recently died.

A video camera captured Thompkins putting a fake name on the mailbox.

Elmira Police and State Police were made aware of the incoming drug shipment. They were inspecting the home when they saw Thompkins and another person retrieve the package and attempt to drive away from the house.

Police then pulled the car over and obtained a search warrant. The Attorney says that approximately 4.5 kilograms of meth were found.

Thompkins was convicted of possession with intent to distribute five hundred grams or more of meth.

He was sentenced to 121 months in prison.