Georgia boy opens Lego gift box only to find three pounds of meth worth $40,000 inside
The woman, whose identity is yet to be revealed, purchased the box of plastic toy blocks recently at a consignment shop in South Carolina
A woman from Georgia was shocked to find that she had unknowingly committed a crime when she transported a box of Lego blocks across state borders, only to have the young boy receiving the parcel discover several pounds of methamphetamine inside the package.
The woman, whose identity is yet to be revealed, purchased the box of plastic toy blocks recently at a consignment shop in South Carolina, as announced by the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office in a Facebook post on Wednesday, May 8. After taking the box of what she believed to be Lego bricks across state borders (approximately 150 miles from Charleston, S.C. to Bulloch County, G.A.) the woman made it home and gave the gift to a young child.
The Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, according to People, shared a photo on their official Facebook page that showed what the woman believed she was giving the child, as opposed to what was found inside. "Upon returning home and opening the box they discovered the box contained a quantity of methamphetamine instead of Legos," the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office said in the post.
Investigator Lt. Jim Riggs from the sheriff's office further revealed that the box contained more than three pounds of methamphetamine, which was worth approximately $40,000. Upon knowing what she had unintentionally done was illegal in nature, the unidentified woman immediately notified the police and turned the drugs over to Bulloch County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Borne.
On their social media post, the sheriff's office further stated that they have since been working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, where officials determined that the box may have unknowingly been bought at a storage auction and transported to Charleston.
"The DEA believes the package was possibly purchased as part of some type of storage auction and eventually made its way to the consignment company without anyone’s knowledge," they wrote on Facebook. Lt. Riggs also said that DEA agents believe the package had probably reached the wrong address and landed in the hands of a US Postal Service worker, who sold them to a consignment shop.
According to the inspector, drug dealers often ship their illegal products to empty or abandoned addresses in hopes that their intended receiver will pick them up, but postal service workers will not deliver to those places without a clear recipient. Meanwhile, since the woman and the consignment shop were allegedly unaware of the drugs, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office said that no charges will be filed.