published Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Heroin-stuffed Teddy Bear is focus of police probe

ATHENS, Ga. — Police are trying to learn who shipped a Teddy Bear — with heroin hidden inside — from Mexico to northeast Georgia.

A woman told Athens-Clarke County police that she received the bear on Thursday, in an unexpected package from Mexico.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the woman opened the package, saw an old Teddy Bear and called police because she suspected something dangerous might be inside.

An officer who examined the toy found something hard within the stuffing, then noticed a slit in the back of its neck. He pulled out a plastic bag with some type of powder. A drug task force member later determined the powder was heroin.

Police are trying to determine where the heroin came from and whether someone else was the intended recipient.

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