Manhattan dentist sent 31 pounds of pot, worth $50K, in the mail
www.nydailynews.com — A Manhattan dentist got a mystery UPS package Friday from a real dope – it was filled with 31 pounds of very pungent pot.
Dr. Richard Lyons couldn’t believe his nose when he opened the box that was delivered to his Chinatown office.
“From my 70′s days, when I saw the green and smelled it, I knew it was marijuana,” said Lyons, whose graying ponytail could qualify him for a bit role in a Cheech and Chong movie.
Lyons, 61, said he had no idea how the pot – worth up to $50,000 on the street – wound up at his place, but he immediately called the cops.
“I was shocked – shocked! And annoyed,” he said. “Even if I got an ounce of marijuana, I would have notified the police.
“It’s not legal. I didn’t buy it!”
Lyons said the pot was wrapped in a black plastic bag “with a bunch of baby wipes on top” that had been placed inside a plastic bin and then the box.
It arrived at his office at 10:30 a.m. and was signed for by an assistant. When he got in about 3 p.m., he opened the box to discover the tightly packed fresh-plucked buds.
He said called police, but when they hadn’t arrived after an hour, he got nervous that the intended recipient might show up to collect the weed – and called the press.
When cops arrived at the office on Worth and Mott Sts. – where a large red canopy advertises “Dr. Toothy’s Dental World” – they had to borrow blue dental masks because the fumes gave them a headache.
The box had a return address for a Gwendaline Lyons in Katy, Texas. No listing could be found for the person.
A UPS spokeswoman said the express delivery service would open an investigation in the matter and contact the NYPD.
Anyone wishing to claim the package can contact the 5th Precinct detective squad at (212) 334-0742.
With Jefferson Siegel