Man arrested after smuggling illegal drugs in religious artworkBy Mason White 2:56 PM September 8, 2013
By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with smuggling illegal drugs related charges after he allegedly smuggled drugs with religious artwork, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.
Customs officials said that they found one kilo of methamphetamine concealed in two large picture frames of religious art, according to a federal charges filed on Friday.
The pictures came from Toluca, Mexico, and were delivered to a store in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where a man was arrested and charged in federal court with drug smuggling.
Customs officers intercepted the package at a shipping center in Memphis, Tennessee, in late August and found that the frames were hollow and filled with long black packages containing white powder.
An officer of the Pennsylvania State Police, who was working undercover as a package delivery man, allowed a Pittsburgh store owner to sign for the package. The shop owner put it on a shelf and another man, Carmelo Rojas-Perez, of Pittsburgh, picked them up about four hours later, court documents stated.
Rojas-Perez told authorities that a friend in Mexico sent him the frames, according to the affidavit. Rojas-Perez was ordered held without bail.