Police in Aurora, Seattle have confiscated a 10-pound (4.5-kg) bag of marijuana accidentally delivered to a Kmart location.
Officers responded to a 911 call made by a store employee on Monday, January 28. While preliminary reports indicate that the pot has been forwarded via UPS, shippers claim that they are not sure that it was their delivery. They have stated that they have never been contacted by police over the package.
In a statement for Seattle Pi, Seattle PD spokesman Jonah Spagenthal-Lee describes that the shipment was bound for Philadelphia. The sender is listed in Los Angeles, California, a state that allows the consumption of marijuana under certain circumstances.
Since it could not be delivered to its original destination, the pot bag was dispatched to the Seattle address listed for returns.
“Delivery information on the package indicates it was originally shipped from Los Angeles to a Philadelphia address, but never made it to its intended destination in Philly.
“Whoever sent the package listed the address of the Seattle Kmart on the return label, for some reason,” Spagenthal-Lee explains.
The package was made out of separate garbage bags, protected in foam peanuts. They were wrapped in Korean newspaper pages soaked in cleaning fluid, a measure dealers take to mask the distinct ganja odor.
In another odd twist to the story, the North Seattle Kmart store where the marijuana has ended up is scheduled for closing this Sunday, February 3, after more than 40 years of service. The announcement was made public a while ago.
After seizing the package, the SPD narcotics unit is working on finding out who its senders are. Seattle Weekly adds that an illegal inter-state shipment such as this one usually prompts FBI involvement. “Anything's possible,” a spokesperson for the department tells reporters.