Girlfriends were expecting dress delivery in Austria from an online store in the Netherlands, but ended up getting 24,800 ecstasy pills.
The woman, whose name is anonymous, thought purple pills were “decorative decorations” for 58 years, police wrote, but her husband, 59, decided to return the package to the local post office in Linz when he suspected they might be drugs.
“The originally planned cosy breakfast quickly ended and, to the couple ‘s horror, it turned out that one of the packages really contained two dresses, in the second, however, there were 24,800 tablets of ecstasy,” – said the police of Upper Austria. “This fact also surprised the (post) office, which is why the police and subsequently the Drug Control Division of Linz City Police Command were informed.”
An investigation by Linz’s drug squad revealed the package was supposed to land in Scotland.
Officers in Austria estimated that the parcel of pills was worth around €500,000 ($548,127) locally, but in the UK they’re valued at just £165,000 ($205,000), according to Police Scotland.
Drug dealers have long relied on lackadaisical postal screening to deliver goods. Earlier this year, a couple in Australia mistakenly signed for a package containing $10 million worth of meth.
A 2018 report by the U.S. Postal Service ‘s Office of Inspector General revealed that of the 104 distributors of illicit drugs on the dark web, 92% said they were using USPS.
Police Scotland and the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) are now working together on the case. With an NCA spokesman: “This is a live investigation and investigations are ongoing.”