Postal Inspectors Find $16K In Stuffed Animal

GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say postal inspectors in western Michigan found a stuffed animal that was filled with nearly $16,000 in cash instead of fluff.

Inspectors in Grand Rapids spotted a suspicious looking box bound for an address in Phoenix in February. According to search warrant records obtained by the Grand Rapids Press, officers decided to open the box after a drug-sniffing dog “alerted” on the package.

Inside the box was a stuffed animal, but it was unusually heavy, according to investigators. Acting on their suspicions, inspectors cut open the stuffed animal and found $15,900 in cash.

As part of their investigation, police raided an area home believed to be connected to the stuffed animal, where they confiscated bags of money totaling nearly $17,000, as well as marijuana and scales.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anyone was charged.

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