A South Carolina woman was shocked when she received a package in the mail containing hundred of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs.
The woman had been expecting a yoga mat to arrive from Walmart, but was horrified to discover that the heavy box her mail carrier delivered to her home in Rock Hill was instead filled with more than 20,000 oxycodone pills worth around $400,000, according to WSOC.
The woman, who was not named, said that there were so many pills they were spilling out of the box.
According to drug unit commander Marvin Brown, it's likely the package was meant to be sent to the woman's old address, which is now vacant, but instead, the package was forwarded to the woman's new address after the post office saw the street name had been misspelled.
"The dealers weren't as intelligent as they thought they were," said Brown.
An incident report said the woman did not know who had used her name and address to send the package, according to the New York Post.
Brown said it's common for drugs to be shipped to vacant homes, where someone will wait for the mail carrier and then take the package.
"Vacant apartments, homes where people have gone to work for the day," explained Brown. Brown said that someone would track the package and wait on the trucks so they could take the package after the mail carrier left it.
The woman says she immediately called police after receiving the package.
The pills have been taken into evidence by authorities, who will try to trace the package to find out who sent it, who was meant to receive it, and where the drugs would have ended up. Drug agents said the package had been sent from Newport Beach, California, reports New York Daily News.
Police say the pills are likely to be counterfeit oxycodone from Mexico that were pressed from powder.
"It's scary to think that something like that could be right down the road and so, I'll say, easily accessible," said neighbor Nicole Riddle.
In August, a Georgia man received a package containing drugs, according to the Milton Herald.
The man, 53, said he found a strange package on his doorstep on Aug. 29. He said the box had someone else's name on it, but his correct address in Forsyth, Georgia. It had been mailed to an address in Colorado, but was not delivered and ended up returned to the Georgia home.
The man called police, asking them to open the package. Inside was a bag of methamphetamine hidden inside a stick of deodorant. Police took the drugs to the sheriff's office to destroy them.