Macomb County residents report receiving random packets of seeds in mail
A Macomb County family last week received three unusual packages in the mail -- unidentified seeds that appear to be sent from China.
And they aren't the only ones.
News reports over the weekend indicate residents in numerous states including Michigan, Utah, Virginia and Washington recently received similar unsolicited packages. Agriculture officials are warning against planting the seeds, which they say could be invasive plant seeds.
"The package has a notice that says 'description of contents: necklace,' so we open it and it's seeds," said Mike Garvonic of Clinton Township. "We didn't think anything about it because my wife had ordered flowers, we thought maybe the seeds go with the flowers."
Garvonic said the outside of the package carried a phone number in China, but they didn't call it. A day or so later, they received a second package of seeds. Followed by a third.
One thing's for sure, he said. The packets don't contain jewelry.
"You don't get something for free, so that raises a flag," said Garvonic, who works as a die process engineer. "I do a little searching on the Internet and find out people are saying these could be invasive species seeds that could devastate the agriculture."
According to published reports, agriculture officials in Virginia and Washington state have received reports from several residents in those states about receiving the random seeds in their mailboxes.