Border agents find 67 pounds of marijuana stashed in casket at Arizona checkpoint

Willcox #USBP agents arrest 1, seize hearse with over 67lbs. of marijuana in smuggling effort near Whetstone #AlwaysVigilant #HonorFirst

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The hearse carrying the casket was stopped Saturday evening on State Route 80 near Tombstone.
TOMBSTONE, Ariz. They can now add marijuana hidden in a casket to the list. — Border Patrol agents have seen numerous ways people try to smuggle drugs across the Arizona border in recent years.

The multiple bricks of marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $33,000, Border Patrol officials said Monday.
— CBP Arizona (@CBPArizona) April 30, 2017

In recent years, Arizona agents have found drugs taped to the bodies of some smugglers, seen ultralight aircraft try to drop drug shipments in the desert and seized bundles of marijuana that were shot from Mexico with devices such as air-powered cannons and catapults.

The drug-smelling dogs alerted agents despite several bags of manure that had been placed inside the casket in an attempt to conceal the marijuana odour.

citizen — gave inconsistencies information and a canine unit was brought in to check the hearse. Agents said the driver — a 28-year-old U.S.

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The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was arrested on suspicion of narcotics smuggling, Border Patrol officials said.

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Agents working an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona said they stopped a hearse last weekend and found 67 pounds of marijuana inside a mahogany coffin.

Customs and Border Protection via AP) (U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows a hearse, the casket and the bricks of marijuana it was carrying after agents stopped the vehicle at an immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 near Tombstone, Ariz. This Saturday, April 29, 2017 photo provided by U.S. Drug-smelling dogs alerted agents. The 67 pounds (30 kilograms) of marijuana were found inside the coffin Border Patrol officials said Monday, May 1, 2017.