Holy Pot Bust: Drugs Found in Framed Portraits of Jesus

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    U.S. Border Patrol
    A drug-sniffing dog led Border Patrol agents to three framed pictures of Jesus Christ in a sport utility vehicle at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso.

    An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated which federal agency was involved. The Associated Press erroneously reported the agency that made the bust. NBCDFW.com regrets the error.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents found a stash of marijuana coming across the border in El Paso in an unusual spot: tucked behind framed portraits of Jesus.

    A statement issued Wednesday said the bust was made just before 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso. A 22-year-old Mexican woman arrived at the port of entry from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in a sport utility vehicle. According to the statement, she told agents that she had nothing to declare but some framed art.

    But Cesar the drug-sniffing dog found otherwise.

    He was drawn to three framed pictures of Jesus Christ in the SUV. Agents found 30 bundles totaling about 31 pounds behind the backing of the three pictures.

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it turned the woman to El Paso police for prosecution.