STATESBORO, Ga. — A child was expecting a Lego set — but got $40,000 in methamphetamine instead, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office.
Three women from Georgia found the box that appeared to be full of Lego bricks while on a trip to a consignment shop in Charleston, South Carolina, The Statesboro Herald reports.
They bought the box and decided to gift it to a child in Statesboro, Georgia.
When the child found three pounds of methamphetamine, the women contacted the sheriff’s office.
It’s unclear exactly how the consignment shop ended up with the drugs, but the sheriff’s office believes the box may have ended up at the shop after it was mailed to a wrong address.
Dealers sometimes ship drugs to abandoned homes, but mail carriers delivering to abandoned places will often leave the packages with neighbors.
Sometimes unclaimed packages are even auctioned off, “sort of like ‘Storage Wars,’” the sheriff’s office told the Herald.
No charges have been filed in the case as of Wednesday evening.
BUNDOORA, Australia – An elderly Australian couple Wednesday signed for a package containing 10 million Australian dollars’ ($7 million) worth of methamphetamine, which had accidentally been shipped to their house, police said.
The couple, who live outside Melbourne, called police after opening the parcel and discovering it contained bags of white substance.
“They asked each other if they had ordered anything, and it was quite clear that they hadn’t,” Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Matthew Kershaw told reporters on Thursday.
The authorities determined the substance to be 20 kilograms of the illegal drug.
“(It’s) quite incredible to comprehend that someone could be that sloppy,” Kershaw added.
Hours after the couple’s alarming discovery, a 21-year-old man was arrested in the nearby town of Bundoora.
A further 20 kilograms of methamphetamine were found at the address where he was arrested.
Zhiling Ma, who appeared Thursday in Melbourne court, was charged with trafficking and importing a marketable quantity of a border patrol drug, CNN affiliate Nine News reports.
“It’s quite a large find to take off the streets, really,” Kershaw said of the drug haul. “That’s 800,000 hits off the street that we’ve intercepted yesterday which is quite significant.”