As she was sleeping, Maya Donnelly awoke to a crash outside in the middle of the night. Figuring that the sound was the beginning rumbles of a monsoon storm, Donnelly went back to bed. In the morning, she awoke to shards of wood on the ground near her carport and found in her possession a package wrapped in black plastic. She didn’t quite know what the package was, but somewhere, a faceless cartel member sweated and feared for his life.
Donnelly eventually unwrapped the package to find that that it contained 26 lbs. of marijuana that cops estimated to be worth $10,000. Nogales is close to the U.S.-Mexican border, and the botched drop was likely the work of smugglers or an unmanned drone say police, but you don’t have to tell the faceless cartel member that. That person is all too aware of the ramifications of the mistake, as he now must race against the clock to either escape or attempt to recover the lost drugs in a desperate bid to keep his head.
After finding the drugs, Donnelly phoned her husband who told her to call the police. “It’s all right on top of our dog’s house. It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport,” said Donnelly. And the cartel member who made the hole will now other holes to deal with, specifically, bullet holes, as he kisses his golden-plated revolver, performs the Sign of the Cross on his chest, kisses his golden cross, pets hit exotic pet tiger and puts on his white leather pants.
After she had called 911, officers responded to the incident and informed Donnelly that the package probably came from an ultralight aircraft that dropped its load too soon, completely missing the dropzone. “Someone definitely made a mistake, and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them,” fretted Nogales police chief Derek Arnson. But you don’t have to tell the cartel member that, who now only looks forward to a life on the lamb, the prospect of having his head separated from his body and his carcass dumped on a deserted Mexican road all too realistic.
Though the package was hefty, the couple only suffered $500 worth of repairs, with friends and family joking that they should have kept the bundle but Donnelly demurred. “That’s what everybody says: ‘Why did you call 911?’ But how can you have a clear conscience, right? We could have made lots of home repairs with that.” But there certainly are some people who aren’t laughing. Yep. The police, who now have a bunch of paperwork to do.
H/T The Guardian