An Arizona family was surprised to see a block of marijuana in their garage.
Maya Donnelly was startled by a loud sound on early morning hours of September 8, but she dismissed the noise as a loud thunder and went back to sleep. When she stepped out of her home that morning, she was surprised to see a hole on the roof of her carport and a destroyed dog house. In the dog house was a brick of marijuana, carefully packed. She then realized that the noise she heard earlier was the marijuana brick crashing through her carport and landing on the dog house.
Upon her husband’s advice, Maya called the police to her home. The Nogales Police Department responded to the scene and determined tht the marijuana brick that had fallen through the roof weighed about 26 pounds and is worth $10,000, as the Examiner reported.
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The authorities said that the marijuana sky drop was most likely a drug smuggling from Mexico to Arizona gone wrong. According to the spokesman of the Nogales Police Department, Robert Fierro, this is not the first time something like this happened in the area.
“In the last couple of years, there’s been activity with ultralight aircraft dropping narcotic bundles in areas of Nagoles, suually in the outskirts of town or northern city limits. But never had we encountered a package of marijuana dropped so close to the border, and in a well-known residential area.”
What the authorities are not sure of is the aircraft that was used, as there are different drones and aircraft that are readily available to purchase. Fierro did, however, say that they are leaning towards the idea that an “ultralight, manned aircraft used for short-distance traveling” was utilized for the botched drop, according to Fusion.
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Fortunately, no one was hurt during the marijuana drop. The family’s dog, a German shepherd named Hulk, was not inside his dog house when the marijuana brick came crashing down.
Maya Donnelly also said that her family is lucky to have been on the other side of the house when the marijuana sky drop occurred. Her bedroom and the bedrooms of her three daughters are all located on the opposite side of the house. They are, however, left with a large hole on the roof of their carport, which reportedly will cost about $500 to repair. In addition, the Donnellys also need to purchase a new home for Hulk.
“Thankfully, nobody was hurt. Had this bundle actually fallen on someone or a pet there would have been some injuries. In this case, we were fortunate enough not to have to deal with that.”
The brick of marijuana was submitted to the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.
A 2014 report presented by the U.S. Department of State indicates that there are land routes through Nogales, Arizona that are being utilized by drug cartels. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have managed to intercept a number of drugs being transported between locations. In April, as the Washington Post reported, an ultralight aircraft was caught flying into the United States over the Colorado River. When authorities seized the package that fell on a field, they discovered 231 pounds of marijuana, amounting to $115,500.
As a precaution, the police department has increased their security patrols in the Donnelly’s neighborhood in case the people responsible for the marijuana sky drop are looking for their lost package.
[Images via Nogales Police Department]