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legalization | 01.01.2022

$220,000 of weed accidentally delivered to a frozen yogurt shop

The packages were intended for a PO box in the Parcel Plus store next door.

When an employee at a popular frozen yogurt shop received a mysterious package last month, she likely assumed it was just another unmarked box of Smarties or maybe some caramel sauce. Instead, what she found was $220,000 worth of marijuana.

The frozen yogurt shop is called The Country’s Best Yogurt (TCBY), a chain store located in the Providence Plantation Shopping Center in Matthews, North Carolina. It’s an unusual thing to happen in a town of barely 30,000 people. According to WSOC, the mistaken weed delivery was intended for a PO box in the Parcel Plus store next door.

The intended recipient’s information has since been shared with the police, but nobody is yet certain about who the sender was. Whoever it was, it’s hard to imagine they’ll still be in the country when the police find out. After all, North Carolina isn’t the most ideal state to be caught trafficking $220,000 of marijuana.

Under North Carolina law, trafficking that much marijuana could put you behind bars for up to three-and-a-half years and/ or earn you a $25,000 fine. In fact, possession of as little as 1.5 ounces of marijuana is considered a felony in the state. A half ounce of marijuana (14 grams) can still land you in jail for up to 45 days and/or a $1,000 fine. Even medical marijuana laws in North Carolina are so restrictive that it’s barely considered legal at all. This is despite the fact that an estimated 80 percent of North Carolinians want medical marijuana to be legalized (only 45 percent support recreational weed).

The actual weight of the marijuana found in the package hasn’t been disclosed. But considering that the street value of a pound is roughly $3,000, it’s safe to assume the package contained up to 75 pounds of marijuana. To give you a visual approximation, this is what 81 pounds of seized marijuana looks like.

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To work at a frozen yogurt shop, receive that much weed by mistake and not go on a blunt-smoking/yogurt-eating rampage sounds, quite frankly, shameful. Still, it’s worth considering the potential dangers of keeping expensive drug-filled packages that have been acquired by mistake. All things considered, the employee made the right decision by turning the weed into authorities. Still, the incident likely has weed-enthusiast TCBY employees coast-to-coast daydreaming.

TCBY is one of the largest soft-serve frozen-yogurt retailers in the country, dating back to 1981 when the first store was opened in Little Rock, Arkansas. But the store wasn’t always called “The Country’s Best Yogurt,” a name change that occurred in 1984. It’s too bad. After this incident, it seems they should have stuck with their original name: “This Can’t Be Yogurt.”

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