Bomb squad finds marijuana in suspicious package at Nipomo office

clambert@thetribunenews.comApril 22, 2013 

Employees of a Nipomo business were evacuated Monday afternoon while the San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s bomb task force investigated a suspicious package delivered to their office and marked with their return address.

Bomb task force members determined that the package contained less than a quarter ounce of marijuana, sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla said.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s deputies responded about 1 p.m. to a call from an employee at T. Simons Co. Inc., a general engineering and building contractor at 230 W. Tefft St., who said the business had received a package in the mail with its return address. The problem: The employees hadn’t sent the package.

The package, described as a self-mailing, 8-inch by 4-inch box that can be obtained at the post office, was addressed to an address in Lakeland, Tenn. However, the home at that address was vacant, and after several attempts to deliver it, the Postal Service returned the package to the sender, Cipolla said.

Several deputies responded and interviewed employees, and then decided to call the task force, Cipolla said.

The task force arrived about 3 p.m. and determined using a robot that the package did not contain “bomb components,” Cipolla said. A task force member then opened the package and found the marijuana, which will be destroyed.

“They are investigating the package to see if there’s anything they can glean from it,” he said.

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