On Tuesday, employees at a Goodwill Industries in Monroe, Washington, were surprised when they looked inside a cooler that had been donated and found five bags of weed, weighing almost four pounds in all. The police in Monroe have estimated the weed as worth nearly $24,000.
According to the New York Daily News, Monroe police public information officer Debbie Willis stated that when the employees at the Goodwill Industries shop said, “Normally they find money or jewelry. This was quite a surprise to employees.”
Recreational marijuana is legal in Washington state,” but not in the amount that was discovered in the cooler that was left at the Goodwill Industries shop in Monroe. According to Mashable, in Washington state, people over 21 can legally carry an ounce of marijuana with them, at the most.
Monroe police said the five bags of weed “will sit in holding until it’s destroyed.” Nobody has stepped forward claiming responsibility for “donating” the weed, though Officer Willis said that “many have jokingly claimed responsibility on social media.”
The Goodwill Industries store has surveillance cameras, but Willis stated that the footage taken was not clear enough to determine who donated the cooler full of weed. Willis suggested that another theory floating around is that the marijuana “came from an off-site trailer that gets delivered to the store on a weekly basis.”
She said it is possible the marijuana could have come from the trailer, possibly picked up from another town, but the police in Monroe simply do not know for sure exactly where it came from, at this point. She said, “The possibilities (of) how it got there are endless.”
The bags of marijuana found in the cooler, that somebody either purposefully donated or donated by accident, will be logged as evidence and will stay there for up to six months. At the end of the six months, the weed will go “to an evidence burn.”
A representative for Goodwill Industries said that this incident, where somebody possibly made an unintentional donation of his or her marijuana, serves as a reminder for people to triple check items prior to making a donation.
On Tuesday, employees of a Goodwill Industries store in Monroe, Washington notified police that they had found five bags of marijuana in a cooler that was donated to the charitable organization. The five bags of weed in the cooler was not the strangest thing ever left at a Goodwill Industries store. Katherine Boury, a spokesperson for Goodwill, told KTLA that “three skulls were found,” in 2013. One of the skulls was from a Native American that was more than 100-years old. Boury said that the Goodwill cooperated with authorities and tracked down the origin of the Native American skull so it could be given a proper burial.
By John Samuels
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