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Border Patrol agents find 67 pounds of marijuana in casket in southern Arizona

May 1, 2017, 10:19 AM | Updated: 2:19 pm
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)...
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection Photo)

PHOENIX — Border Patrol agents found 67 pounds of marijuana that was being smuggled inside of a casket over the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said.

The agency said a hearse carrying the casket was stopped at an immigration checkpoint on State Route 80 near Tombstone. After inconsistencies in the driver’s story, a canine unit was called in.

When the dog reacted to the vehicle, agents searched it and found the illegal drugs.

Several bags of manure had been placed inside the casket in an attempt to conceal the marijuana odor.

The driver, a 28-year-old United States citizen, was arrested and charged with narcotics smuggling.

The marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $33,000.

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Border Patrol agents find 67 pounds of marijuana in casket in southern Arizona