Maya Donnelly said that she believed a monsoon was passing over her Nogales, Arizona, home during the early hours of Sept. 8. Later that morning, she discovered that the noise she heard was actually a 26-pound of marijuana falling from the sky and landing on her dog’s house.
Authorities believe the marijuana, which is worth about $10,000, fell from a smuggler’s aircraft while crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border.
"It's all right on top of our dog's house," Donnelly told the Associated Press. “It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport."
Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson said he’s never seen an accident like this during his three-year tenure.
"Someone definitely made a mistake, and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them," Arnson said.
Police are tying to figure out if smugglers used a drone or an ultralight aircraft. Though it’s unlikely drug smugglers would try to retrieve the drugs, which are now in police custody, authorities have increased patrols near the family’s home.
Though Hulk, the family’s German Shepherd, will have to wait for a new home and repairing the car port will cost about $500, things could have been worse.
“Where it landed was clear on the other side of the house from the bedrooms,” Maya Donnelly said, according to The Guardian. “We were lucky in that sense.”