PRESIDIO, Texas -- 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 Texas intercepted nearly 18 pounds of cocaine hidden inside large wheels of cheese.
This happened at the Presidio Port of Entry on July 20.
A pickup truck entering from Mexico was referred for a secondary inspection.
Four cheese wheels, which had been declared by the driver, were scanned by an X-ray system 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 driver, a 22-year-old U.S. citizen, was taken into custody.