Customs officials find 26+ pounds of marijuana in Jesus statue

Posted at 6:24 PM, Nov 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-14 18:24:04-05

CINCINNATI, Ohio — More than 26 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of about $20,000 was discovered inside a statue of Jesus Friday morning, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Cincinnati.

According to a release, the drug-filled statue was discovered during an inspection at a DHL express consignment facility.

“This unique seizure demonstrates the extraordinary methods individuals will utilize in their attempt to smuggle narcotics,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard L. Gillespie said in a release.

marijuana scuplture 1The statue was inspected after a CBP dog alerted officers to its smell.  Officials X-rayed the statue, then drilled into it and found the marijuana, according to a release.

CBP officials say the package came from Mexico and was heading to San Juan, Puerto Rico.