Wednesday, February 25, 2004

If It Wasn't For Bad Luck

This story is really too sad. By sheer happenstance I also saw footage of these two wretched souls being arrested. My gut reaction to seeing them being marched across the airport for 10 seconds was that the woman didn't have a clue about what she was picking up.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A drug suspect who went to the airport to pick up 119 pounds of marijuana wound up with two boxes of human organs, federal authorities said Tuesday.

After realizing the mistake -- the boxes were labeled "PLEASE RUSH, HUMAN TISSUE FOR TRANSPLANT" -- a Canadian woman and New York man were arrested trying to make an exchange, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Dumb as it was to try to exchange the packages some 12 hours later, no one could be stupid enough to think 140 pounds of cannabis could fit into two organ transplant containers of a size that probably wouldn't fit more than six gallons of milk.

I read several conflicting reports on the fate of the organs, but the most repeated was the one destined for emergency surgery was ultimately used and the other was being held for future need. I would assume then that the seals on the packages weren't broken and the guy did know what he sent her to get.

I felt kind of sorry for her. I expect she succumbed to the temptation of easy money. She look like she needed it.


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