Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit agents Thursday displayed a .22-caliber handgun, marijuana and a drug scale found stuffed inside a pink Darton College tote bag that a Postal Service carrier found stashed in an apartment mailbox.
ALBANY, Ga. -- A stash of 337 grams of marijuana, a .22-caliber handgun and 37 bullets stuffed in a pink, Darton College tote bag, surprised a Postal Service carrier before 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
"He was opening the bank of mailboxes for apartments at 1301 South McKinley St. when it popped out," said Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit Commander Maj. Bill Berry. "He took it back to the post office. They called APD (the Albany Police Department), and because it was drugs, they called us."
According to Berry, the woman whose mail is delivered to the mailbox told investigators that the key to the box had disappeared previously and could have been stolen. With mail service on a holiday schedule, the box could have been used as a stash location without anyone disturbing it.
Drug agents continue the investigation into who left the stash -- worth about $2,000 if it is medium quality, more than double that if high quality on average in Georgia, according to the website thepriceofweed.com.
Berry said the case is the first in which he has seen a free-standing, cluster mailbox used for a drug stash. As of Thursday evening, there were no suspects.