ATHENS, Ga. -- Police said a woman received an unexpected shipment Thursday -- heroin hidden inside a teddy bear.
The Vineyard Drive resident called police because she received a package from Mexico she wasn’t expecting, police said, and the Hispanic woman didn’t know anyone who lived in the location in Mexico from where the package originated.
The woman opened the package and found it contained an old, smelly teddy bear, according to police.
Suspecting that there might be something dangerous inside, the woman called 911.
When examining the teddy bear, an officer wrote in a police incident report “the bear had an old smell scent to it, which I thought was odd.”
Upon giving the teddy bear closer scrutiny, the officer felt something hard within the stuffing, according to police.
He then noticed a slit in the back of the teddy bear’s neck, and after reaching in pulled out something in green wrapping paper that had plastic wrap and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tape around it, police said.
The officer could tell the package contained some sort of black powder, but did not know if it posed any danger to the woman or himself.
With the woman’s permission, the officer took the teddy bear and package to the police department, where it was examined by a drug task force member who determined that the black powder was heroin, police said.
An investigation continued in an attempt to determine where the heroin came from and whether someone else had been the intended recipient.