According to Time, a 26-pound bundle of marijuana crashed through the carport of the Donnelly home in Nogales, AZ on one fateful morning earlier this month.
When the matriarch of the family, Maya Donnelly, initially heard the loud sound of its impact, she dismissed it as thunder from a passing monsoon.
She went outside later that morning to find pieces of wood scattered all around her driveway. A bulky bundle wrapped in black plastic had landed square on the family doghouse.
“It’s all right on top of our dog’s house,” Donnelly said. “It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport.”
Upon inspecting the mystery package, Donnelly assumed it was drugs due to the frequent smuggling that occurs near the border where the family lives. She was correct.
She immediately called her husband, Bill, and the couple contacted 911. Authorities estimated that the package had a street value of over $10,000, and agreed with Donnellys’ assessment that it was mistakenly dropped by smugglers.
According to CNN, police suspect that pilot error may be to blame for the incident because the bundles, when discovered by police, are usually dropped on the city outskirts in desert areas.
“Normally they don’t land on houses,” said Detective Robert Ferros.
Police have notified the family that it is unlikely anyone will be coming back for their lost package, but have still offered increased security for their neighborhood as a precautionary measure.
The family will have to pay about $500 in repairs, but Maya Donnelly feels lucky that the pot bundle landed where it did.
“Where it landed was clear on the other side of the house from the bedrooms,” she said. “We were lucky in that sense.”
Donnelly could have opted to press her luck even more and keep the valuable package.
In five years, the national legal marijuana market will be worth an estimated $10.2 billion, and the mother’s friends and family are already ribbing her for her poor financial decision.
“That’s what everybody says: ‘Why did you call 911?'” Donnelly said. “But how can you have a clear conscience, right? We could have made lots of home repairs with that.”
It’s safe to say that the Donnellys were quite blunt in their joint decision to notify authorities.