Sophia Stockton thought the bag of white powder was anthrax
All Sophia Stockton wanted from Amazon was a textbook for one of her classes. Little did she know that it was going to be shipped to her with something extra on the side. Leafing through the pages of her new book, she was alarmed when a bag of white powder fell out, which she feared was Anthrax. So imagine her surprise when she found out that the powder was far from being a biological weapon — it was actually $400 worth of cocaine!
Stockton, a junior at the MidAmerica Nazarene University in Kansas, ordered a copy of Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives and Issues from the retailer's website. Upon coming across the curious bag of white powder, she took it to authorities who immediately examined the substance, and determined it was a Schedule II drug.
The book she received was marked "used," which usually indicates an item is shipping from a third-party Amazon Marketplace reseller. But Stockton says she's positive the book came directly from the website, and it was even sealed in Amazon packaging when it arrived.
Without an official response from Amazon, we could only guess how a bag of cocaine got in between the pages of a textbook, though authorities are currently investigating its possible sources. We can only hope that no other stashes of illegal substances make their way to unsuspecting buyers in the mean time.
[Image credit: William Christiansen]
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