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INDIANAPOLIS — You’re hearing more and more stories about people receiving strange packages in the mail from China.

Many Hoosiers say they have gotten packages of seeds, which state conservation experts are urging you not plant because the seeds could contain some sort of invasive species of plant.

“It might be tempting to put this into some soil to see what happens, but there’s a lot of damage that can cause,” said Don Robison, seed administrator for the Office of Indiana State Chemist. “We don’t know what these seeds are, and there is potential for doing serious harm.”

It seems it might be more than just seeds in the mail. Aleks Gifford lives in downtown Indianapolis and said he and his wife also got a strange package in the mail this week that appeared to have come from somewhere in China.

“It was a little, vinyl mail pouch. It was like a three-to-four-inch rectangle. We had two of these show up the same day,” he said. “My wife, who buys a lot of crap online, I called her asking her if she had ordered anything from China and she had no clue what it was.”

So Gifford decided to open the pouches and discovered packets of what appears to be some sort of herbal tea, leaves, and twigs. He said the labels on the packets were all in Chinese. Gifford inspected the packaging further and figured out the packages came from Shanghai.

“It had our address on the package but didn’t have our name on it, just our mailing address,” Gifford added. “We tried to figure it out. We check through Amazon and other service providers and none of them had any orders or shipments come to us. It just randomly showed up.”

Gifford decided that it was an unsolicited package and decided to throw it out.