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.