Mysterious drug-filled box found in Peaks
Thursday, Nov 23, 2017 06:00 am
A mystery box full of drugs and a note urging its finder to ‘pay it forward’ near the Peaks of Grassi neighbourhood in Canmore has residents on alert.
The small wooden box, decorated with a soapstone carving and full of illegal and prescription drugs, was left on a log about three metres off the paved trail near Peaks Drive, and discovered Monday (Nov. 20) morning.
A Peaks resident, who requested anonymity, came across the box while walking his dog near the path. The box was visible from the paved trail.
“I started my walk at 9:30 a.m. and came into the forested area. The dog was leading the way and we ended up on the trail below the paved path. I looked over on the log and saw (the box). I picked it up. There was a beautiful carving on top, a soapstone carving. I opened it up and was shocked with what I saw,” the man said.
Inside was an itemized list of drugs, including marijuana, seeds, a pipe, 20 Adderall pills, and several scopolamine patches. It also included a small note in neat handwriting which read “From 21, to anyone,” according to the Peaks resident, who believed the note encouraged the finder to take the drugs.
“There was an itemized list of everything in the box and a note to the tune of ‘pass this along. This is a goodwill gesture.’ It was a very weird note,” the man said.
He got home and looked up the drugs he had found online.
“I first thought some kids had forgotten their stuff. As I looked deeper, it was more pharmaceuticals … I was shocked someone would leave that in a spot kids or dogs could get into,” he said.
Scopolamine is used to treat motion sickness and vomiting in small doses, but has been linked to criminal activity in high doses, where it’s known as devil’s breath. Adderall is used to treat ADHD in children and adults and is a combination of the stimulants amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.
The man took the box to the RCMP that afternoon.
Canmore RCMP described the incident as “odd,” but are not investigating the matter further at this time, dismissing it as a one-off event.
“It’s concerning in that it’s odd. It’s a risk matter. If someone young had found it, that would have been the risk,” said Staff Sergeant John Eneas, who said the contents were “mostly sleeping pills” and noted the baggies were mostly empty.
Eneas said the box was likely someone’s “stash” and he encourages anyone with more details to contact Crimestoppers. He wasn’t aware of the street value of the drugs, but encourages others to contact police if they find drugs. It’s the first case of this kind in the Bow Valley.
“If you pick it up, you contaminate the evidence, but people will always be curious. Be cautionary if there is a powdery substance,” Eneas said.
The Peaks resident said it’s hard to believe someone would endanger local children and animals in such a manner.
“It was within 10 feet of the main trail, which is very popular. Kids and dogs walk there all the time. To have it that visible and obvious, I shudder to think what would have happened if kids had gotten into it,” he said.