Interesting story in today’s paper, just a sidebar, about a package full of drugs that UPS was trying to deliver, they couldn’t, they opened it to see if it had an address inside and it was full of drugs. Story here: (click)
A comment below the story from “guest” makes a rather snarky comment related to the Matthew Stewart deal in January, but the comment’s basis, the fear of an unwarrented raid on an innocent house, is not without precedent and is one of the reasons police are finding that their tactics in these deals are drawing some critical looks. Typically outraged, and very on-the-mark, column can be seen here (click).
A lot of drug smuggling involves packages sent to fake addresses.
It is not uncommon for packages like this to be found in the system, alerted to the police, delivered, and then the recipient address raided. People who are supposed to receive the packages assume they’ll be left on some unsuspecting dupe’s front porch and they go by to steal them before the homeowner takes them in.
Four years ago the Prince George’s, Maryland, Sheriff’s Department tracked one such package and raided the home when the package was taken inside by a resident who thought it was for another resident.
Turned out, nobody in the home was the recipient, but that didn’t matter, the swat team smashed the door, shot two dogs, terrorized the homeowners and generally made a huge mess.
The homeowner turned out to be the mayor of the town in which the home was located. None of that mattered, the local police were never consulted and the sheriff’s office never apologized — they lawyered up and left the homeowner to clean up as best he could.
So, lesson: If a package shows up you didn’t order, don’t take it in.
Set it on the sidewalk and call the cops. Let them open it — you never know, there might be a very fast response because there may be a van full of them right around the corner watching to see what you do.