When three Bulloch County women went shopping in Charleston recently, they didn’t expect to inadvertently commit a felony.
Bulloch County sheriff’s Investigator Jim Riggs said the women, whose names are being withheld, drove back to Statesboro with a box of what they thought were child’s toys but actually contained over three pounds of methamphetamine.
That’s about $40,000 worth of meth that somebody is missing, he said.
The women bought what they thought was a box of Legos at a consignment shop and went home with it, not knowing what they were transporting.
“They took it and gave it to a young child, who opened the box” and was likely very disappointed, he said.
But the persons who were intended to receive what was likely a mailed shipment of the drug was probably even more upset, he said.
The woman who ended up with the meth turned it over to Bulloch County sheriff’s Investigator Jason Borne. After a lengthy investigation with Drug Enforcement Agency agents, it was decided that the contraband possibly had originally been mailed to an incorrect address, he said.
Often drug dealers will ship their products illegally, sending packages to empty or abandoned addresses, hoping to have someone pick them up. However, the United States Postal Service often will not deliver to these sites, since no one is there, and instead of leaving the packages with a neighbor, the postal delivery workers take them back to the post office for keeping, Riggs said.
The U.S. Postal Service will sometimes hold an auction, “sort of like ‘Storage Wars,’” where the unclaimed packages are sold, he said. DEA agents believe this was the case with the Legos box, and that is possibly how the methamphetamine ended up in the toy section of the consignment shop.
Neither the three women nor the South Carolina consignment shop were aware of the meth and were not held responsible, he said.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.