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Vacuum cleaner delivered a $280K bonus

Green Bay : WI : USA | Jan 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM PST
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vacuum cleaner came with illegal drugs

A Christmas vacuum cleaner present delivered an extra, unexpected surprise to the woman who discovered two pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine packaged inside the gift box when she opened it. The street value of the drugs is estimated at $280, 000.

Apparently a smuggler inserted the drugs into the vacuum cleaner box before the unit was shipped from the Juarez, Mexico area, where it received a reconditioning. The drugs evaded detection until the woman opened the package and notified the police.

The police do not suspect the woman, whom they are not indentifying, of any wrongdoing in the incident. The retailer from whom the vacuum was purchased is similarly unidentified. The police investigation is ongoing.

Criminals use a number of ways to get drugs into the Green Bay market, according to Brown County Drug Task Force, including sneaking them into packages containing other items.

"Meth, in general, has not been a significant issue for us," Lt. David Poteat told the Green Bay Press Gazette. "But cocaine has remained strong in this area" of Wisconsin.

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Billie Greenwood is based in Davenport, Iowa, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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