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Holy Smokes! Border Patrol Finds 30 Pounds of Pot in Jesus Paintings

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EL PASO, Texas (CBS/AP) Holy smokes!

The bible says Jesus turned water into wine, but a woman at the Texas-Mexico border put a whole new spin on the term "holy roller" this week.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say they found more than 30 pounds of marijuana tucked behind a series of framed portraits of Jesus Christ.

A Border Patrol statement issued Wednesday says the bust was made just before 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Texas.

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.

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.

The Border Patrol says it turned the woman over to El Paso police for prosecution.
  • Ryan Smith

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