What would you do…if you were mailing a package containing hallucinogenic mushrooms and other controlled substances to your daughter in another state? (TAR Lite # 6)
1. Make darned sure you include proper U.S. postage and triple-check both your return address and the address to which you’re sending the package?
2. Send the package via UPS or FedEx, which you might think would be less likely to intercept the illicit package than the U.S. postal service?
3. Figuring you can decrease the odds of FBI involvement by avoiding the mail, you drive to your daughter’s home and hand-deliver the package?
4. Mail the package via U.S. mails short of proper postage and with the wrong return address on the package?
Congratulations if you selected # 4, which is what Marilyn Howell, 63, allegedly did. The return address was that of a complete stranger, who notified police (one can only imagine the stranger’s look when she, apparently, opened the package). Investigators confirmed Howell as the sender and served a search warrant of her home, finding more drugs, weapons (including an AK-47), face masks and body armor. She and her 32-year-old son were arrested and charged with drug and weapons violations.
After so many years of drinking and drugging, no wonder Ms. Howell made so many errors! Message to Ms. Howell: while it’s long past time to sober up, it’s never too late. Maybe you’ll inspire the rest of your family to do so as well. There’s still time to get to know each other outside of federal prison.