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PHOENIX - Receiving a birthday card in the mail usually doesn't lead to the bomb squad being called out to your house. And there usually isn't a bag of meth in the envelope.

But that's what an elderly Phoenix couple found when they opened their mail.

This envelope did quite a bit of traveling. It was sent in the mail from Phoenix to Pennsylvania --but the address there was bogus, so it was sent back to the Phoenix return address.

When a couple who have lived in their Phoenix home for 52 years opened the birthday card in their mailbox, they were in for quite a shock.

"I'm not even sure or not if it was in fact their birthday, but received this card in the mail and as a gift they received methamphetamine," said Phoenix Police Sgt. Steve Martos.

That's right -- methamphetamine. About a thousand dollars' worth. It was mailed to the home of an 81-year-old man and his 73-year-old wife in a north valley neighborhood.

They opened the card that had their return address on it and found inside a plastic baggy containing a white powdery substance. They called 911.

"We actually had our bomb squad respond to this location just out of an abundance of caution; we weren't sure what this was initially," said Martos.

Officers on scene used this test kit which let them know exactly what they were dealing with.

"Upon further investigation it was determined that this substance was methamphetamine that was sent in the mail to this elderly couple."

Phoenix Police Sergeant Steve Martos says it's not uncommon for drug transactions to take place using the United States Postal Service.

It's likely whoever did this was using the couple's home as a drop location, hoping the person the meth was meant for would get to the card before the homeowners did.

We talked to the couple who got the meth in the mail. They were pretty scared by this whole thing and didn't want to go on camera. They did say their arms and hands had to be hosed down as a precaution, and they were out of their home for about an hour and a half until police gave the all clear.

Police still have no idea who sent the meth or who it was meant for.

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