(Photo Credit - U.S. CBP)
It's totally normal for a hearse to be carrying a coffin. What's not so normal is a hearse carrying a coffin full of cannabis. Over the weekend, Willcox Border Patrol Agents, from the State Route (SR) 80 Immigration Checkpoint near Tombstone, Arizona stopped a white hearse that was attempting to avoid the immigration checkpoint.
What did the agents find? The border patrol agents found more than 67 pounds of marijuana hidden within a coffin inside the hearse.
According to the release, "agents working near the immigration checkpoint noticed a 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 canine to perform a “sniff” of the vehicle. Border Patrol canine unit was requested and arrived to the location of the stop and the canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect."
The seized marijuana was estimated to be worth over $33,000. In addition to the marijuana, the hearse was also seized, and the 28 year old driver was arrested for smuggling.