Pot in LAX Luggage Disguised as Birthday Presents

It's worth about $300,000, and the bags' owners haven't been found

By Samantha Tata and Nyree Arabian
|  Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013  |  Updated 4:32 PM PDT
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Birthday Wrap Used to Conceal Pot at LAX

TSA, Los Angeles International Airport

Cupcake-covered wrapped paper covers what officials say is 100 pounds of marijuana that two passengers tried to smuggle through Los Angeles International Airport on Sept. 25, 2013.

Two passengers tried to smuggle 100 pounds of marijuana -- disguised as birthday presents -- through Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, officials said.

Shortly after 5 a.m., TSA officers at Terminal 1 screened the four suit cases and found they were stuffed with marijuana, said Nico Melendez, TSA spokesman.

The pot was bundled in green cellophane then wrapped again in cupcake-covered wrapping paper, pictured below, Melendez said.

Two passengers tried to check the bags and were scheduled to depart Los Angeles to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The passengers did not board their flight to Atlanta and have not been found, Melendez said.

The pot has a street value of about $300,000, airport officials said.

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