Come on guys, a pack of seeds is not like an IED. How bad can a plant possibly be?
Seems like I’m in the minority here, but I might be inclined to plant some (perhaps wearing gloves) in a pot and see what happens. Seriously, what is the worst case scenario? I doubt anything particularly GOOD will happen, but I also don’t think anything especially BAD would happen, it would just be to satisfy curiosity. I mean, is some killer plant going to erupt and go to seed aggressively before I even notice? Seems like if you keep an eye on it the potential for disaster is pretty limited.
Also, just because it may be illegal to import seeds via the mail without other paperwork doesn’t mean someone can’t just send packages and that most of them will get through. Apparently much of the fentanyl in the US arrives in mail packages from drug manufacturers in China. I’ve bought little things from China on a few occasions (machine parts for work, ribbons and trims for home) that have arrived via post and they have never shown any evidence of having been opened up.
Although honestly if I got one of these packages I doubt I would really plant it, just because I can barely keep up with planting the stuff I picked out and ordered on purpose. Sometimes I get bonus seeds free from the seed company with my orders and I mostly don’t plant them because I have a small garden and limited time.