Talk about an unexpected delivery, a woman in Jackson County's Leoni Township found a strange package at her door Saturday.
It had her name on it, but inside was ten pounds of marijuana meant for someone else.
Police say it's a common shipping ploy by drug dealers.
According to Deputy Director Jon Johnston with Blackman-Leoni Township, dealers pick a random address that is near the spot they want their drugs to go and another random address for the return. They ship the product, then swoop in and grab it before the homeowners do.
In this case, the homeowner got there first.
"It's a creative way to get the product where they want across the country with little risk to themselves because if law enforcement shows up they just don't approach the package," Johnston explained.
He says this particular package was meant for an address in North Carolina, but no one picked it up there. Instead, it came Saturday to Leoni Township marked return to sender.
"We're talking about $10,000 worth, at least of marijuana," Johnston said.
The pot came in a white cardboard box, inside a five gallon bucket. Johnston says the dealers tried to disguise the smell by wrapping a rag with strong chemicals around the bucket, but the odor still alarmed the homeowner.
She called police immediately and told officers she had nothing to do with the drugs.
"There's a little bit of anxiety involved obviously with the homeowner, they're worried that the person who mailed the package might come back for it," Johnston said
The woman didn't want to talk on camera because of those fears, but police say she shouldn't worry.
"Federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as the postal service do frequently find these types of drugs being packaged," Johnston added.
He doesn't believe the dealers will come back because the drugs are now evidence at the police department.
Blackman-Leoni is working with investigators in North Carolina to find out who shipped the marijuana, but Johston says this common case often ends unsolved.