WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Three women bought a LEGO box at a consignment shop in South Carolina, only to find out that it contained three pounds of methamphetamine.
- The Georgia women gave the LEGO box to a child who found the $40,000 worth of meth, according to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jim Riggs.
- The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the LEGO box could have been bought from a storage auction before ending up in the consignment store with no one checking its contents.
When three Georgia women spotted a LEGO box in a consignment shop in Charleston, South Carolina, they thought it would be a nice gift for a child back home in Statesboro.
But when the child opened the box, he found a bag with 3.2 pounds of methamphetamine valued around $40,000.
The women didn’t know that The LEGO box had illegal drugs inside therefore not aware they were transporting drugs, Jim Riggs, Bulloch County Sheriff’s investigator told the Statesboro Herald.
“They took it and gave it to a young child, who opened the box” and was likely very disappointed, Riggs told the local news outlet. He added that the child was probably even more upset.
The LEGO box was ‘shrink-wrapped’ to appear like it just came from the factory. It may also have been purposely addressed to an incorrect recipient before it ended up at the consignment store.
The Statesboro Herald reported that drug dealers usually ship their goods to empty or abandoned addresses, and wait to have someone pick them up.
And because the U.S. Postal Service knows no one is on that address, they will not deliver to these areas and instead has mail carriers take the packages back to the post office for safe keeping.
Unclaimed packages are sometimes sold at auction. Riggs said DEA agents believe this might be how the meth ended up in the consignment shop.
According to a Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook post, the three women will not be charged.