Bales of marijuana found in Tuscumbia warehouse

The pot was sent to the Shoals after being refused at its original destination in Mississippi, police said.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 10:39 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 7:13 PM

Authorities in three states are trying to figure out how almost 100 pounds of marijuana ended up at a warehouse in Tuscumbia.

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Workers at a warehouse on John Aldridge Avenue opened a box that was returned there and said the packaging looked suspicious, Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said.

When police arrived, they called to get a search warrant and found the boxes were full of marijuana -- 92 pounds total. Logan said it is worth between $800 and $900 a pound.

The marijuana was vacuum sealed in plastic, placed in presswood boxes and then in cardboard boxes, Logan said.

"This is not your run of the mill drug dealer," Logan said. "This is obviously someone that has an assembly line process for putting together those packages."

The packages were shipped from Texas to a home in Mississippi, where someone refused delivery, Logan said. The return shipping label on the boxes was to the warehouse in Tuscumbia.

Logan said his department and the Colbert County Sheriff's Office are working with authorities in Texas and Mississippi to determine who the drugs belong to.

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