$300K worth of marijuana found in wrapping paper at L.A. airport, report says

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(CBS) LOS ANGELES - Nearly 100 pounds of marijuana was found wrapped in birthday-themed wrapping paper inside luggage at Los Angeles International Airport early Wednesday morning, reports CBS Los Angeles.

"We found about 100 pounds of marijuana that was basically gift-wrapped for a birthday party," Nico Melendez, a spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration, said.

Melendez said when the baggage was screened at a terminal around 5:15 a.m., it set off some kind of alarm that required physical inspection, reports the station.

The pot, which was distributed among four suitcases, had an estimated street value of about $300,000, according to Melendez.

Law enforcement officers are reportedly still trying to track down the culprits.

CBS Los Angeles reports a couple of passengers booked on an AirTran flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta checked in the suitcases and then left.

Melendez said this is far from he first time someone has tried to get drugs past airport security in a semi-creative way. He said someone once tried covering their marijuana with peanut butter. And earlier this week, a woman was caught with drugs hidden under one of her breasts at Long Beach Airport, he said.

"When we did a pat down, we found a package of something. She ended up getting arrested in Long Beach for trying to smuggle methamphetamine," he said.

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