Marijuana bundle drops from sky; Crushes Doghouse

Updated: September 29, 2015
Marijuana bundle drops from sky, Crushes Doghouse

Marijuana bundle drops from sky and slams into Arizona family’s carport.

Maya Donnelly awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early morning hours, but dismissed it as a typical monsoon storm and went back to sleep.

Later that day, Maya noticed a hole in the roof of her garage and went to have a closer look. “I went out to investigate, and sure enough, I looked up to see the hole, and then my eyes trailed down and the big dog’s house was destroyed. It made a hole in that hard plastic doghouse and the bundle was inside…,” she told local daily Nogales International.

Luckily, the family’s german shepherd wasn’t in his dog house when the delivery arrived.

Suspecting the package contained drugs, Donnelly immediately called the cops.

Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson told the family he suspects a drug plane attempting to smuggle marijuana from Mexico to Arizona accidentally dropped the load in the wrong pickup spot. And it’s not the first time something like this has happened, says Nogales police spokesman Robert Fierro.

“In the last couple of years, there’s been activity with ultralight aircraft dropping narcotic bundles in areas of Nogales, usually in the outskirts of town or northern city limits,” Fierro told Fusion. “But never had we encountered a package of marijuana dropped so close to the border, and in a well-known residential area.”

The accidental drug drops are also happening in other areas along the border. Last January, a meth-carrying drone fell in a parking lot near the Tijuana-San Diego border.

Fierro said he doesn’t know if a drone was used to make the doghouse drop. “I understand there are drones of different sizes and capacities,” he said, “ but no one witnessed the aircraft, and given our experience at the border we’re assuming this is an ultralight, manned aircraft used for short-distance traveling.”

The seized drug bundle is worth an estimated $10,000; the merch will be handed over to the local High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force.