Online shopping is always a bit of a gamble—you never know what you’re actually going to get in the mail. But 25,000 ecstasy tablets? Now that’s a new twist.
A middle-aged couple in Austria opened a package one morning that was supposed to contain dresses from a retailer in the Netherlands. To their extreme surprise, it contained several bags of ecstasy tablets instead.
The woman initially mistook the tablets for decorative purple stones. Then her husband took a closer look and realized that they were likely stimulants. They returned the package to the local post office in Linz, Upper Austria.
“The originally planned cozy breakfast was quickly over and to the horror of the couple, it turned out that, though one of the packages did contain the two dresses, the second however had 24,800 Ecstasy tablets worth about €500,000 (roughly $550,000),” the Upper Austria police said in a statement.
“The (post) office was equally astonished, which is why the police, and subsequently the narcotics department of the City Police Command Linz, was informed.”
The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest drug producers. After further investigation, the Linz drug squad discovered that the package was supposed to have been sent to Scotland. Scottish police and the UK’s National Crime Agency are now assisting in the investigation.