SWIS could develop a liking for DIY at this rate. This story from Reuters.com.
Drug stashes found at U.S. Home Depots
Wed Jun 14, 2006 7:30 PM BST
BOSTON (Reuters) - Police are investigating Massachusetts outlets of Home Depot Inc. after discovering caches of cocaine and marijuana stuffed into merchandise at three local branches of the retail chain.
The investigation began after a shopper found 40 pounds (18.1 kilograms) of marijuana and three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine in a bathroom cabinet he had bought at Home Depot, said Lt. David Ricardi of the Southwick, Massachusetts, Police Department.
The shopper, a contractor who is not a target of the investigation, bought the cabinet on Monday in Chicopee, Massachusetts, about 90 miles (144.8 km) west of Boston.
The drugs have an estimated street value of more than $200,000 (187,400 pounds) Ricardi said.
Working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities have since found smaller drug caches at two Home Depot locations in Tewksbury, Massachusetts, about 23 miles (37 km) north of Boston, Ricardi said.
In a statement, Atlanta-based Home Depot, which is the world's largest home improvement retailer, said it was "cooperating with authorities as they investigate this matter."
Tony Pettigrew, a New England spokesman for the DEA, confirmed the agency was investigating but declined further comment.
No arrests have been made, Ricardi said. The contractor was not identified.
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