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44 Pounds of Meth Delivered to 'Quite Elderly' Couple

They received package in error
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2019 2:55 AM CDT
In this image provided by the Australian Federal Police, packages of drugs are displayed at a warehouse in Sydney.   (AP Photo/Australian Federal Police)

(Newser) – An elderly couple in Australia who received a large quantity of methamphetamine in error decided to contact police instead of going the Walter White route. Police say the couple mistakenly signed for a parcel sent to their west Melbourne home that turned out to contain around 44 pounds of the drug, which would have been worth around $7 million on the street, the Australia Broadcasting Corporation reports. They called authorities when they opened the parcel and discovered packages of white powder. Police later raided an address in a different suburb of Melbourne, where they found another 44 pounds of meth and arrested a man after he returned to the property.

The suspect, 30-year-old Zhiling Ma, was charged with importing methamphetamine, the BBC reports. Police say the meth would have been enough for around 800,000 hits. They praised the couple for contacting authorities. "The occupants of the premises are obviously quite elderly, so they're unsure of the significance of the find," police spokesman Matthew Kershaw says. "Obviously in terms of what we have recovered, we know it's quite significant. But we're just assuring them that they've done absolutely nothing wrong." (Earlier this year, a massive quantity of the drug was found in a shipment of speakers leaving California for Australia.)

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