An Austrian couple was expecting to get dresses they ordered in the mail, but what they didn’t expect that those would come with thousands of Ecstasy tablets.
The couple received a parcel that they believed contained the clothes they bought from a retailer in the Netherlands. But aside from their order, it contained another package of what appeared to be purple stones.
According to the police, the unnamed woman thought the objects were decorative stones but a closer inspection led her husband to realize they were probably stimulants. The couple then returned the package to their 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 (US$547,130)," a statement from Upper Austria police said, as quoted by CNN.
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It added that the post office was "equally astonished," prompting them to inform the police and the narcotics department of the City Police Command Linz.
Linz's drugs squad conducted an initial investigation and found that the package was supposed to be delivered to Scotland. Scottish authorities and the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) joined forces to investigate the matter.
"This is a live investigation and inquiries are ongoing," an NCA spokesperson said.
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Authorities said the possible value of the drugs in the UK was around £165,000 ($205,000), Police Scotland told CNN.
The news agency reported that the Netherlands is among the largest drug producers in the world. Earlier this year, Dutch customs officials revealed that the amount of ecstasy and amphetamines being sent in the post increased by three-folds from 137 kilograms (302 pounds) in 2016 to 460 kilograms in 2018.
Police have searched certain premises in Glasgow, Scotland in July but did not make any arrest.