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St. Martin’s Press Marijuana Mystery

Someone mailed more than eleven pounds of marijuana to Macmillan’s St. Martin’s Press offices. The Smoking Gun broke the story today.

Bound for an apparently fictitious employee named Karen Wright, the shipments had a potential street value of $70,000. We performed a few Google Books searches, but couldn’t find any clever literary allusions hidden in the fake employee’s name.  Now everybody wants to know–who is Karen Wright? The story has also spawned a #PotLit hashtag on Twitter.

Check it out: “Both packages were addressed to ‘Karen Wright,’ which appears to be a fictitious name. A company phone operator said that nobody by that name works at the company, which is one of the country’s largest publishers” (Via Michael Cairns)

We’ve collected some Twitter responses to the drug bust below…


Editor’s Note: This story has been updated as the story evolved.

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