Twenty-six pounds of flying marijuana punctures woman’s carport

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View of Nogales, AZ
Image: Jim Greenhill.

After hearing a loud thud at her home in Nogales, Arizona, Maya Donnelly thought there may be a storm raging outside, she thought nothing of it, and went back to sleep. Yet later that morning she discovered her carport had hole in it, and her plastic dog house was destroyed.

Donnelly later discovered inside the dog house, wrapped up in black packaging, what later turned out to be a twenty-six pound bundle of marijuana. Police believe the bundle, valued at nearly $10,000, was accidently dropped by a plane smuggling drugs across the border. Police told Donnelly that an airplane trying to smuggle marijuana from Mexico had probably miscalculated the drop of that particular bail, and that the rest of the load was more than likely dropped farther north.

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 said.

Luckily for Donnelly, her German Shepherd Hulk, was not sleeping inside the dog house at the time. ‘Thank goodness he is a wanderer at night and was not in his house,’ Donnelly said. ‘He was probably at the gate watching the plane go by.’