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Drug smugglers hide 67 pounds of marijuana inside coffin of funeral hearse while crossing border

By Mason White 4:34 PM May 2, 2017
Marijuana in hearse and coffin
Marijuana in hearse and coffin
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) Drug smugglers tried to use a coffin and a funeral hearse to cross from Mexico into the United States undetected, according to police in Arizona.

Willcox Border Patrol Agents from the State Route (SR) 80 Immigration Checkpoint near Tombstone, stopped the vehicle attempting to avoid the immigration checkpoint, and found more than 67 pounds of marijuana concealed within a coffin in the hearse.

Early Saturday evening, agents working near the immigration checkpoint noticed the white hearse traveling south towards Tombstone.

A while later, agents observed the same hearse traveling north and turning west before reaching the SR 80 Immigration Checkpoint.

Upon further investigation of the vehicle, agents conducted an immigration vehicle stop.

After several inconsistencies from the driver, consent was requested and granted to allow a K9 to perform a “sniff” of the vehicle.

Border Patrol canine unit was requested and arrived to the location of the stop, and the dog alerted to an odor it was trained to detect.

A search of the vehicle revealed multiple bricks of marijuana worth over $33,000. The vehicle and drugs were seized and the 28-year-old driver was arrested.

He is facing a charge of contraband smuggling.