18 pounds of cocaine hidden in cheese wheels seized at Texas-Mexico border

ByABC7.com staff KABC logo

Monday, July 24, 2023 12:28AM

Drug smugglers' latest trick: Hiding cocaine in cheese

, () — Drug smugglers are always trying new ways to hide their merchandise in their attempts to stay one step ahead of the law. Their latest trick: cheese.

Customs and Border Protection officers in intercepted nearly 18 pounds of cocaine hidden inside large wheels of cheese.

This happened at the on July 20.

A pickup truck entering from was referred for a secondary inspection.

Four cheese wheels, which had been declared by the , were scanned by an which revealed some anomalies.

CBP officers cut open the cheese and discovered seven bundles filled with cocaine, totaling 17.8 pounds.

The drugs were seized and the truck , a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken into custody.

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