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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Feds intercept pot shipment to publishing house

For once, the packages were not unsolicited manuscripts

Two shipments of marijuana destined for the New York City offices of a major book publisher were intercepted this last month by federal agents after postal workers detected a “suspicious odor” emanating from the Express Mail parcels, according to court records.

The packages, containing a total of more than 11 pounds of pot, were addressed to St. Martin's Press, in Manhattan.

The pot parcels, mailed from San Diego, never made it out of California, however. A post office employee contacted postal inspectors after alerting to the distinctive scent of the two packages.

According to mailing labels, the boxes were purportedly sent by “ABT Books,” a San Diego firm that listed a return address that investigators determined to be fictitious.

The name to which the packages were addressed -- "Karen Wright" -- is also fictitious.  A spokeswoman for the company stated that no one by that name works for SMP.


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