January 16, 2011 in Nation/World

Drugs stashed inside vacuum cleaner

Associated Press
 

GREEN BAY, Wis. – A Green Bay woman opened a Christmas present from her children to find a refurbished vacuum – and a load of drugs.

Authorities said the woman found 2 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 2.2 pounds of cocaine shrink-wrapped inside the box. Sheriff’s officials estimated the drugs’ street value at about $280,000.

Lt. David Poteat told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that a smuggler likely put the drugs in the box before it was shipped from the Juarez, Mexico, area, where it had been reconditioned.

Poteat said no one noticed anything, including the department store where it was purchased, until the woman opened the package.

Sheriff’s officials said the store was cooperating with the investigation.

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