Package filled with prescription narcotics delivered to California home
UPI News Service, 06/17/2020
A California woman who was expecting a shipment of ink from Amazon opened a package left on her front porch and was shocked to find the box was filled with opiates and other prescription narcotics.
The Glendale woman said she arrived home from work this week and found the box bearing the Amazon logo on her porch.
The woman said she initially thought the box contained the ink she had ordered from the website, but she instead discovered bottles of oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and other narcotics accompanied by an invoice from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"There's morphine, there's this, there's that, this is really dangerous stuff -- and there's a lot of them in there," the woman told KABC-TV.
Bill Bodner, DEA special agent in charge in Los Angeles, said a preliminary investigation found the package had originated at a New York pharmacy that enlisted the services of a Texas pharmaceutical company to dispose of the drugs.
Bodner said there was a DEA invoice in the package because the disposal process has to be approved by the federal government.
"Let me be clear, this package was not sent by DEA and these drugs were never in DEA custody," Bodner said.
Bodner speculated there was an error in the shipping process.
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"Likely, they used a third-party shipper to ship this package and somehow the shipping labels were switched at this third-party shipper," Bodner said.
Amazon said an investigation has been opened into how the drugs ended up in an Amazon-labeled box.
Bodner said the DEA probe into the incident is ongoing.
A Texas family experienced a similar situation earlier this week when a package left at their front door turned out to contain 32 bags of marijuana. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the residents were not expecting a package and were baffled by the delivery.
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