A South Carolina woman thought the box containing the yoga mat she’d ordered felt a bit heavy after the Post Office dropped it off. Turns out it wasn’t a yoga mat at all — it was 20,000 Oxycodone pills, with a street value of nearly $400,000.
As WAFF-TV (Huntsville) reports, the unidentified woman was waiting on her yoga mat to arrive, and was outside and waiting for the package when it arrived. After she signed for it, she opened it up and discovered to her horror that it contained thousands upon thousands of pills.
She called the cops.
Authorities determined that the package, shipped from a Newport Beach, California, address, contained counterfeit Oxycodone pills, according to York County drug agent Marvin Brown. Oxycodone, for those not aware, is a powerful opioid narcotic, selling for about $20 per pill on the illegal market. That means that was shipped nearly half a million in illegal drugs.
As it turns out, drug traffickers often employ the Postal Service to ship drugs across the country. What’s more, they have to get a bit creative in where they’re shipped to. Brown says that one tactic is to have the drugs shipped to a vacant house or apartment, or to a residence where the traffickers know the residents won’t be. Once the package is left, the traffickers grab it before anyone realizes what happened.
It seems that in this particular case, the drug traffickers used the woman’s name and the address of an apartment where she used to live, believing that the Post Office would drop it off by mistake. Unfortunately for the dealers, the Post Office had updated its records and forwarded the package to the woman’s new address.
Not for nothing, mailing drugs to yourself isn’t always foolproof. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Johnny Wolfe of San Angelo, Texas had the bright idea to ship nine pounds of pot to himself, from legal pot dispensaries in Colorado to his home in Texas, where pot isn’t legal. The flaw in Wolfe’s plan was that the carrier he chose to use — UPS — specifically instructs its employees in Colorado to be on the lookout for this sort of thing. UPS contacted Texas police, and busted Wolfe when he signed for the package.
As of this writing, it is not clear if the South Carolina woman ever got her yoga mat.
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