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UPDATED: Text Book Purchase Comes with Unwelcomed Bonus Baggie of Cocaine

Posted on Jan. 26th, 2012
Peter Solie
Sophia Stockton of rural Gardner ordered a text book through Warehouse Deals, an Amazon retailer. According to the Gardner Police report she was surprised to find a small bag with a white powdery substance. She took the questionable powder to the Gardner Police Department and reported the incident.

The Gardner Police Department tested the substance and confirmed that it was cocaine. The police department will destroy the cocaine at a later date. An interesting side note, the book purchased by Ms. Stockton is titled, "Understanding Terrorism: Challenges, Perspectives and Issues."

According to Officer Spalding of the Gardner Police Department, "We did not report this to Amazon or any other agency."

We have a phone call into Ms. Stockton and hope to report additional details after speaking with her.

UPDATE: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 12:09 PM.

GardnerEDGE spoke with Ms. Stockton, who is also known as Amanda, this morning and she confirmed the story as contained in the Gardner Police report.  She said, "I have ordered many times from Amazon and this is the first time I've seen anything like this.  I don't think that Amazon is at fault in this case.  They can't check every book that goes through their warehouse.  I'm guessing that it (the cocaine) was just left in there by the previous owner of the book."  When asked if she thought she would order again from Amazon she said she would.  As of late Thursday morning Ms. Stockton had not heard from either Amazon or Warehouse Deals.


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