Going out on a high note: Police find $33,000 of pot stashed in hearse

Border Patrol agents reportedly intercepted a marijuana-filled casket in Arizona over the weekend.

The Arizona Republic reported that Willcox Border Patrol agents working an immigration checkpoint pulled over a hearse near Tombstone (you read that right) Saturday night. US Customs and Border Protection agents claimed they noticed “several inconsistencies” — yet undisclosed — with the driver’s story, leading them to enlist a drug-sniffing dog to investigate. The canine ultimately unearthed 67 pounds of pot in a casket, according to a press release.

Patrol agents claim that several bags of manure were placed in the casket to mask the drug’s smell.

“The hearse and drugs were seized and the driver, a 28-year-old United States citizen, was arrested for narcotics smuggling and is being processed per Tuscon Sector guidelines for contraband smuggling,” the agency said in a statement.

Border Patrol agents estimated the stash is worth approximately $33,000.

“Transnational criminal organizations use a wide range of techniques to smuggle both humans and narcotics into the United States,” the press release pointed out. “Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435.”

People have relied on some unorthodox ways to smuggle weed. For instance, agents seized 3,947 pounds of marijuana disguised as limes in February.

As Crime Online reported, authorities located a stash during a secondary inspection of a tractor at the International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas. Agents claimed the fraudulent limes were stored in 34,764 boxes. They estimated that the two-ton find is worth nearly $800,000.

“This is an outstanding interception of narcotics. Our Customs and Border Protection officers continue to excel in their knowledge of smuggling techniques which allows them to intercept these kinds of attempts to introduce narcotics into our country,” Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said at the time.


[Featured Image: US Customs and Border Patrol]