While FedEx and other related courier services may seem like a great way to get products from one end of the country to the other, when the products are delivered to the wrong household it can be very frustrating. For three suspects in Harris County, a mistaken delivery led to their arrest on a number of drug and weapons charges.
What was discovered in the package?
The package was delivered to a wrong address and law enforcement was notified by IWatch, an app available on smartphones that works as a virtual crime watch. Users can report behaviors that are suspicious or uncomfortable and can include photos and video with this report. The neighbor that received the package discovered a sizable amount of cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin inside.
An anonymous tip led law enforcement to the home where the package's intended recipients lived. Three residents were found with over $100,000 in narcotics, firearms, and $6,700.
Among the illegal items found at the residence:
- Pain Pills
- Black tar heroin
- Medication for cancer patients
- AR-15 with a 30-round clip and military-grade night scope
Aside from the drugs, various scales, baggies, and other paraphernalia was present at the scene. One of the accused had their five year old child asleep in the next room while they were using methamphetamine. The child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
FedEx has been involved in a number of lawsuits that imply the company knows about the illegal drugs that are transported using its services and are negligent as a result. The company has fought back against these allegations, stating that they have no way of knowing what is truly being shipped without opening packages, which is a violation of their basis tenants.
Using these delivery and courier services is a common way to distribute drugs, but not without cost. When a package is intercepted or placed in the wrong hands, the intended recipient may face serious criminal charges.