Three US women bought a box of Lego from a second-hand shop while visiting South Carolina only to find that the box was actually filled with about $US40,000 worth of methamphetamine.
- The Lego box contained about 1.3 kilograms of meth, much to the disappointment of the boy to received it as a present
- Investigators believe the drugs were shipped to the wrong address and held as unclaimed property by the postal service
- It’s assumed the box was sold at auction before ending up at the second-hand shop
Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigator Jim Riggs told The Statesboro Herald the women gave the box to a child as a gift.
“They took it and gave it to a young child, who opened the box” and was probably extremely disappointed not to find Leo bricks inside, he said.
Instead, the boy found about 1.3 kilograms of the illegal drug.
Lieutenant Riggs told Fox News the nasty surprise was the work of professionals.
“The methamphetamine inside of the box was vacuum sealed, and that keeps it from moving around too much and also helps mask the smell,” he said.
“On top of the box itself, the Lego box was shrink-wrapped, which is the typical wrapping you find on a toy box or something coming from the factory.”
Lieutenant Riggs said the women, who had unknowingly bought the illicit substance while on a trip from the US state of Georgia, were lucky they weren’t stopped by police on their drive home.
They had crossed a state border with a significant quantity of methamphetamine stashed in their car, which would have looked a lot like drug trafficking to authorities.
“There would have been a lot of explaining to do,” he said.
Once the family realised what was inside the box, they turned drugs over to the sheriff’s office, who called in Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
“I don’t foresee any charges being filed,” Lieutenant Riggs told the ABC.
“It’s almost impossible to determine who packaged the drugs in the Lego box, as we believe that the Lego box was unknowingly purchased from a large stock of unclaimed/undelivered items.”
Authorities say the drugs were probably mailed to the wrong address.
Dealers often ship drugs to empty or abandoned addresses to be picked up, but US Postal Service often will not leave packages at those sites.
Instead, they’re taken back to the office for safe keeping.
The postal service will occasionally hold auctions of unclaimed packages, which Lieutenant Riggs compared to the television program Storage Wars.
Agents assumed the Lego box was sold at one of those auctions and then pawned, which is how it ended up on the shelves of the second-hand store.