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article image10 pounds pot shipment delivered to North Seattle Kmart store

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 1, 2013 in Crime
Seattle - Seattle Police have seized a parcel containing 10 pounds of marijuana after employees at a North Seattle Kmart store at 132nd and Aurora Avenue N., called the police saying it was delivered under mysterious circumstances to the store after noon on Monday.
Seattle Times reports police said the pot was wrapped in garbage bags, packing peanuts and, strangely, pages from a Korean newspaper that had been soaked with cleaning fluid.
The employees discovered the nature of the parcel delivered after they opened it and found that it contained marijuana.
Seattle Weekly reports that police said the package was mailed from Los Angeles, where marijuana is legal "in some circumstances" under state law. The intended destination was Philadelphia, where, according to The Inquisitr, pot is illegal under both state and federal law.
The parcel, for unknown reasons, did not make it to its original Philadelphia destination and ended up at the Kmart store whose Seattle address was listed on the return label.
According to Seattle Police spokesman Jonah Spagenthal-Lee: "Delivery information on the package indicates it was originally shipped from Los Angeles to a Philadelphia address, but never made it to its intended destination in Philly... Whoever sent the package listed the address of the Seattle Kmart on the return label, for some reason."
Police authorities have not given specific information about the Los Angeles source of the package and the Philadelphia destination. But Seattle Weekly reports police have seized the parcel and its contents and placed it into evidence.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) said the case has been referred to the narcotics unit. The fact that the weed was mailed across state lines may mean that a federal crime has been committed, The Examiner notes.
The incident raises issues about security of packages delivered through US mail and delivery services
The Inquisitr reports that the Kmart location was scheduled to close on Sunday. Had the package arrived a few days later, it would have been undelivered.
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