Woman suspected of trying to ship pot ‘birthday present’

A Grand Junction woman who tried to send a “birthday present” to a friend via Fed-Ex was thwarted last week after store employees got suspicious of the gift’s smell and called the police.

Employees told police that the woman — who was in her mid-20s, white and brunette with a blonde stripe in her hair — came into the store at 2796 Justice Drive at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, carrying a large, sealed cardboard box, about 14 inches wide, tall and deep.

“She spoke to the front desk staff, advising them that she was sending a ‘birthday present’ for her friend to someone,” a police officer wrote in an incident report.

The woman gave a name that employees believed was fake and left after paying for the package, the report said.

“After the package was given to the front desk staff, initially it smelled really strong of perfume or some kind of spray,” it said. “Then after she left, (the employee) said the box had a strong odor of marijuana coming from it.”

Citing company policy not to ship packages with drugs, the employees opened the box. Inside was another, slightly smaller box. Inside that box was a third box, “sitting on a bed of ‘individual sized’ candy like M&Ms and Twix,” the report said.

“Inside that third box was a large amount of blue wrapper Hershey kisses and an approximate gallon size vacuum sealed bag of green leafy substance,” the report said.

Under the suspected marijuana were two small stuffed animals.

The employees called the police, who seized the contents and tried to find the woman who sent the package. The address she provided wasn’t valid, and police couldn’t find anybody with the name she gave.

The case has been inactivated while officers wait for surveillance footage of the suspect, the report said. If found, she could be charged with possession with intention to distribute between 12 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana, a class 3 three drug felony.


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