An Ohio man got more than he bargained for when he opened a gun safe he ordered online. The safe, manufactured y Chapmion Safe Co. in Nogales, Mexico, should have been empty, but instead it contained 280 pounds of marijuana.
Champion Safe Co. uses local inmates to package their cases before they are shipped North, but authorities believe the marijuana was introduced to the safe after leaving Nogales.
The safe was shipped to Ohio by truck, and federal authorities say that the truck driver who delivered the safe into the US is now missing.
The truck contained a number of safes from the same company that were meant to be delivered, but none of the other safes contained marijuana.
The safe was delivered to its destination in Ohio in June, but authorities have tried to keep the smuggling quiet while they investigate how it got into the United States in the first place.
Officers believe the man who ordered the safe had nothing to do with the marijuana. The safe he ordered cost $1,700 and is large enough to hold 24 long rifles and twelve shotguns.
The shipping method has drawn the interest of the DEA because evidence suggests that this may not be the first time sealed gun safes have been used as smuggling mechanisms, police said.
“You just spent $1,700 to get marijuana delivered wherever you want,” said SHelby County Chief Deputy Jim Frye. “That’s pretty cheap.”
Police estimate the marijuana has a street value of approximately $420,000, or just under $100 per ounce.