A packet of marijuana worth $10,000 (£6,580) fell from the sky and crushed a dog kennel at a home near the US-Mexican border. Maya Donnelly told local media that she awoke to what sounded like thunder in the early hours of the morning but went back to sleep. Later that day, she looked in her garage in Nogales, Arizona, to find the floor covered in wood from the smashed ceiling.
On the crushed dog kennel, she found a bundle wrapped in black plastic. Inside was 26Ibs of marijuana authorities said had fallen from a plane or drone carrying drugs across the border."It's all right on top of our dog's house," Donnelly told the Nogales International newspaper following the incident earlier in September. "It just made a perfectly round hole through our carport."
Fortunately, German shepherd Hulk was not in his kennel when the bundle obliterated it. "Thank goodness Hulk is a wanderer at night and was not in his house," Donnelly said, adding: "He was probably at the gate watching the plane go by."
Donnelly's husband, Bill, told her to call 911. Officers told the couple a light aircraft had probably offloaded part of its cargo prematurely, before dropping the rest of it further north.
Nogales police chief Derek Arnson said it was the first time in his three-year tenure that he had seen anything like it. "Someone definitely made a mistake, and who knows what the outcome of that mistake might be for them," Arnson told AP.
It is not just light aircraft that are being used to get drugs across the border. In 2011, NPD spokesman Carlos Jimenez told the Nogales International that a catapult-like device was possibly being used to hurl marijuana bundles across the border.