The Mysterious Case Of The $70,000 Worth Of Marijuana Someone Mailed To St. Martin's Press

$70,000 Worth Of Marijuana Mailed To St. Martin's Press

via The Smoking Gun

Federal agents have confiscated two packages in San Diego that were bound for the offices of St. Martin's Press in New York City. 

The contents of those packages: Eleven pounds of pot, which could net up to $70,000 on the street. 

During processing, postal workers were tipped off to the illegal substances by a "suspicious smell." The packages were addressed to Karen Wright--though there is no Karen Wright at St. Martin's. 

So, what happened? No one seems to know. My theory is this: Someone was using the mailroom as a middle-ground in the transaction--it probably had a low enough standard of security that an illicit package could be sent and then handed off to a third party. But the West Coast operation of this "drug ring" is run by bone-heads who don't understand that when you're shipping that much pot, you need to mask the smell. Peanut butter is a good option (uh, so I've heard). 

What do you think? Am I reading too much crime fiction? 

Twitter is positively... um... atwitter at this. Galleycat has a fun collection of tweets, and the news of the bust has inspired the hashtag #PotLit.

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Dwayne's picture
Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated March 21, 2012 - 3:18pm

That or someone on the mail route. After all who will miss a package that is never delivered for someone who isn't there?

Boone Spaulding's picture
Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 23, 2012 - 1:49pm

"Karen Wright" - negotiates contracts at St. Martin's Press. That was 11 pounds of "negotiation supplies"....