A woman from Plymouth, Massachusetts, has sued FedEx for allegedly delivering a package of marijuana to her house and then disclosing her address to the intended recipients without her permission.

An attendee holds marijuana buds at the International Cannabis & Hemp Expo in Oakland, California, 3 September 2011 (Reuters/Mathew Sumner) Reuters

According to Maryangela Tobin, a mother of two, the package mistakenly delivered to her house contained several pounds of marijuana. An hour later, the intended recipients showed up at her house asking for the packet but she refused to hand it over and turned them away.

In the suit filed on 12 February, Tobin said the company disclosed her address without her permission and was in violation of state privacy laws; she claimed the act had put herself and her children in danger.

"I feel like the safety of my daughters and myself was invaded and it makes things complicated," she told WBZ-TV, "I walk into my house first every time, my kids don't."

At first, Tobin thought the packet contained a birthday present for her daughter because when she opened it she could see candles, pixie sticks and peppermint. However, what she first thought was potpourri turned out to be marijuana.

She claims a man knocked on her door a little later, asking for the package. She also said she saw two other men sitting in a vehicle on her driveway. She said: "I knew it was the person looking for the package, I was very nervous."

Fox News reports an arrest has been made in this matter but Tobin admitted to being worried about retribution from the intended recipients. FedEx has refused to comment on the matter, explaining company policy did not allow for statements concerning ongoing lawsuits.

Overcharging Customers

In 2011, an employee of FedEx accused the organisation of "systematically overcharging" its business customers and taking "no action" to address the problem. A series of internal documents (which were meant to be confidential) were unsealed as a part of the lawsuit against the company and revealed the company appeared to be overcharging business customers by improperly adding residential surcharges.