A large shipment of marijuana was intercepted on its way to a publishing house in New York City after postal workers in California detected a “suspicious odor” coming from the packages, according to court documents obtained by The Smoking Gun.

San Diego police used a drug sniffing dog to inspect the packages and determined they contained a controlled substance. After obtaining search warrants, police found slightly more than 11 pounds of marijuana, along with styrofoam chunks, dryer sheets and paper towels in the packages.

The boxes were sent from "ATB Books" in San Diego, but police determined that the address and company were both fictitious.

The packages were headed for St. Martin's Press in New York City, one of the largest publishers in the United States. They were addressed to Karen Wright, who was apparently a fictitious person.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service reported that 37,700 pounds of illegal drugs were found in the mail in 2010.

Criminals typically choose USPS over private companies like FedEx or UPS because USPS inspectors can't open a package without a search warrant unless it is an imminent threat.

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