After 10 years grandmother finds 13 pounds of marijuana hidden in her van during repair (video)By Mason White 11:45 AM February 2, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was surprised to discover a large stash of drugs in her van.
Melodie Peil of New Mexico, bought the 1990 Chevy at a dealership in Alamogordo about 10 years ago.
Since then, she drove her four children and two grandchildren around in the eight seater van.
One day, when Peil was unable to close her passenger side door, a friend helped her remove the door panel. That’s when the 10-year-old bricks of marijuana fell out. Peil found a total of 13.5 pounds of marijuana.
She reported it to police. Officers said that the drugs were probably hidden there by the previous owner of the van about 13 years ago.
“It was packaged the way drug dealers pack them. It was tightly wrapped in foil and in saran wrap,” said Detective Lieutenant Roger Schoolcraft.
Peil was surprised that she was never stopped and questioned over the marijuana. She said that she had gone through at least 10 checkpoints of the Border Patrol in New Mexico, with her van.
Authorities said that they may not have detected the drugs because it was old and was packed well.
Police destroyed the pot. So far, the previous owner has not been located.