A female inmate thought it would be funny to send a package to a man that contained a white powdery substance in the mail.

The package that was delivered to man’s home, on Stage Road in Carthage, contained a white powder or unknown origin. Upon opening the package, the residents immediately took the packet to the Carthage Police Station on 15-501 Monday evening.


Officials took the substance and placed it in a Ziploc bag and quarantined an area adjacent to the station. The residence was likewise quarantined. The two residents of the home gave several articles of their clothing to officials to be tested.

State Bureau of Investigation officials and a regional response hazmat team from Fayetteville were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, a Hazardous Materials Response Team consisting of three officers donned protective suits complete with self-contained oxygen and entered the quarantined area, examining the package both visually and with various testing instruments.

Authorities with the Carthage Police Department said the substance is still being tested for 100 percent confirmation; however, they believe the white substance is baby powder.

Officials stressed that there was no danger to the public at large as both areas were effectively contained.


Officials did stress that if you receive a suspicious package to please not remove the package but call 911 so appropriate personnel can respond.

Authorities did not state who the inmate was or what charges will be brought up against her.

~Written by Sandhills Sentinel Local News/Government Reporter Chris Prentice.


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