An Ohio man who purchased a gun-storage safe over the Internet got a little bit more than he bargained for. When the Mexican-made Champion Safe arrived at the man’s doorstep, it was filled with 285 ponds of pot. Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said that the marijuana, which was tightly wrapped in ten 28-pound packages, has an estimated street value of $420,000.
The name of the customer who purchased the safe is not being released because of safety reasons. According to Lenhart, the driver who delivered the shipment from Mexico to Ohio is missing. “Not only are we looking for him,” Lenhart said. “But the bad guys are, too.”
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is looking into the matter.
"It's a pretty decent way of smuggling," Lenhart said. "My guess is that it's not the first time it's happened."
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“I’ve been in law enforcement for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s quite effective if you think about it: wrapped airtight to withstand high temperatures, drug-sniffing dogs probably couldn’t smell it. Someplace between Mexico and the warehouse in northern Ohio, the drugs got mixed up and put in the wrong safe and got delivered to the wrong person.”
The DEA suspects that this method of smuggling may be used more often than they had previously realized.
“You spent $1,700 to get marijuana delivered wherever you want,” said Jim Frye, chief deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. “That’s pretty cheap.”