- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 8, 2013

An elderly Phoenix couple were in for the surprise of a lifetime when they received a birthday card in the mail containing $1,000 worth of crystal meth.

“I’m not even sure or not if it was in fact their birthday, but received this card in the mail and as a gift they received methamphetamine,” said Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos, according to a local Fox affiliate.

The envelope reportedly was mailed from Phoenix to a fake address in Pennsylvania and then sent back to the return address in Phoenix.

The 81-year-old man and his 73-year-old wife have lived in their North Valley home for 52 years when they found the birthday card and a plastic baggy containing a white powdery substance inside.

“We actually had our bomb squad respond to this location just out of an abundance of caution; we weren’t sure what this was initially,” Sgt. Martos told Fox 10 News. “Upon further investigation it was determined that this substance was methamphetamine that was sent in the mail to this elderly couple.”

Police said it’s likely whoever sent the drugs was using the couple’s home as a drop location, hoping the buyer would get to the card before the homeowners did, the station reported.

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