In the past month, two separate US citizens have run into trouble after they were found with several pounds of pot that they never asked for.
George Burton of Sacramento recently received a large package from Fed-Ex addressed to him. Inside he found 11 pounds of weed .
Burton believes that his address was picked randomly, but he and his family have still been forced to relocate temporarily out of fear that whoever mailed the drugs, valued at $24,000, will want them back.
A more serious incident happened last week when Yanira Maldonado, an Arizona resident, was detained in Mexico after 12 pounds of pot was discovered under her bus seat . Mexican officials accused Maldonada of attempting to smuggle the drugs past US customs with intent to sell. Yanira’s husband Gary claims that his wife was framed by Mexican authorities who demanded a $5,000 bribe in exchange for her release.
Mexican courts released Maldonada from prison after video evidence showed her and her husband entering the bus without the drugs. Still, this unfortunate incident left the women in a Mexican prison for over a week.
Despite marijuana becoming legal in Colorado and Washington last year, it is still illegal under federal law. Those caught with large amounts of the drug are liable to face heavy penalties for their actions. George Burton made the right call with his unexpected package by alerting the authorities. In the unlikely chance you receive several pounds of drugs in the mail, that is your best option.