Marijuana sky drop: Marijuana Drop From Sky
Published: September 28, 2015
Marijuana sky drop: Marijuana Drop From Sky, Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.
Later that morning, she looked in the carport at her home in Nogales, near the US-Mexico border, and saw pieces of wood on the ground. She found a bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic.
Inside was roughly 26 pounds of marijuana – a package that authorities say is worth $10,000 and likely dropped there accidentally by a drug smuggler’s aircraft.
Donnelly told Nogales International: ‘It’s all right on top of our dog’s house. It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport.’
The family’s German shepherd, called Hulk, was not in his plastic pet crate at the time. ‘Thank goodness he is a wanderer at night and was not in his house,’ Maya said. ‘He was probably at the gate watching the plane go by.’
Mrs Donnelly called police, who confirmed the package was marijuana. They told her an ultralight aircraft smuggling marijuana from Mexico had probably let part of its load go early by mistake – before dropping the rest farther north, the newspaper reported.
Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson said it was the first time in his three-year tenure that he had seen a package of drugs hit a building.
‘Someone definitely made a mistake – and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them,’ he added.
Police are trying to determine whether the bundle was transported by an aircraft or a pilotless drone. Such runs usually occur at night.
According to the police report, the bundle ‘had a plastic bracket, taped with black electrical tape’, which had possibly been used to affix the load to an aircraft.
Amson told Nogales International: ‘Ultralights, we’ve seen those on occasion. They’ll take a couple, two, three bundles. You can hear those kind of buzzing. They come at nighttime and they don’t land, they just drop and go back to Mexico.’
Maya Donnelly thinks it’s unlikely someone will come looking for the drugs, as they are now in police custody. Arnson agreed – but police have boosted patrols in the Donnellys’ neighborhood just in case.
The family will have to pay the estimated $500 in roof repairs, as well as pay for a new home for their German Shepherd, Hulk.
But the incident on September 8 could have been much worse for the couple and their three teenage daughters.
‘Where it landed was clear on the other side of the house from the bedrooms,’ Mrs Donnelly said. ‘We were lucky in that sense.’
She said friends had joked to the family that they could have illegally sold the drugs on.
‘That’s what everybody says: ‘Why did you call 911?” Maya Donnelly said. ‘But how can you have a clear conscience, right? We could have made lots of home repairs with that.’
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