According to The Guardian, Maya Donnelly of Nogales, Arizona initially believed the loud noise she heard on the morning of September 8 was thunder from a monsoon.
But after waking up again, she discovered a hole in the family's carport and several pieces of wood from the structure lying on the ground.
Donnelly told the Nogales International,
I went out to investigate, and sure enough, I looked up to see the hole, and then my eyes trailed down and the big dog's house was destroyed. It made a hole in that hard plastic doghouse and the bundle was inside.
The family's German Shepherd, Hulk, was thankfully not in his doghouse because he "is a wanderer at night," she added.
Nogales is right near the Mexican border, so Donnelly was of the impression there were drugs inside the mysterious package.
And she was right. The bundle was found to contain approximately 24 pounds -- almost $10,000 worth -- of marijuana, Nogales International reports.
Authorities believe the package was accidentally dropped onto Donnelly's property by an aircraft or unmanned drone belonging to a drug smuggler. Police said the bundle was only part of the aircraft's cargo, and the rest of it was likely dropped some place farther into the US.
Drugs are regularly transported over the border by air, but Nogales Police Chief Derek Arnson said this is the first time he saw a delivery hit a building since taking his position three years ago, The Guardian reports.
According to a police report, there was a plastic bracket and black electrical tape attached to the bundle, and these attachments may have been all that was holding the cargo to the aircraft.
The drugs are currently in police custody.
Maya Donnelly said her friends and relatives aren't sure why she and her husband called the police instead of selling the drugs themselves. She joked,
That's what everybody says: 'Why did you call 911?' But how can you have a clear conscience, right? We could have made lots of home repairs with that.
The damage to the carport will put the family down an estimated $500, on top of needing a new house for Hulk.