Pot-Stuffed Teddy Bear Found at Toy Store

Authorities say they confiscated a teddy bear at a Southern California toy store that was stuffed with marijuana.

The owner of Toy Town said Monday that he got the package last week, opened it up and found a 2-foot-tall blue teddy bear that felt ”hard and crinkly.” The bear turned out to be stuffed with three large, vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana.

Owner Joshua Vecchione says he called Orange County sheriff’s officials.

The package was addressed to someone in Colorado and mailed from Thousand Oaks with the toy store, in Ladera Ranch, as the return address.

– Article from The New York Times.

Suspicious teddy bear stuffed with pot, toy store owner says

Rashi Kesarwanithe, The Orange County Register

An early Christmas delivery to Toy Town turned out to be a teddy bear stuffed with three vacuum-sealed packages apparently containing marijuana, said toy store owner Joshua Vecchione.

The package was delivered Dec. 22 by the postal service around noon, Vecchione said. Vecchione said the box was addressed to a David Lang in Colorado and was postmarked from Thousand Oaks with a return address of Toy Town.

“Some mix-up took place,” Vecchione said. “The postmaster should have noticed.”

Vecchione opened the box to find a 2-foot-tall blue teddy bear that felt “hard and crinkly.” Vecchione called the Orange County Sheriff’s Department about the suspicious delivery.

The Ladera Ranch sheriff’s blotter shows a call was placed at 12:22 p.m. from the toy store in the Mercantile West Shopping Center.

Vecchione said two sheriff’s deputies responded. One deputy cut open the seam of the teddy bear in the store’s stockroom to find the three packages of marijuana, about 10 inches by 10 inches by 2 inches in size, Vecchione said.

Sgt. Nancy Wilkey of the sheriff’s department said Tuesday the case was forwarded to the narcotics bureau and is still under investigation.

– Article from The Orange County Register.