PRESIDIO, Texas – A driver was arrested after several cocaine-filled wheels of cheese were found during an inspection on the Texas-Mexico border.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said 17.8 pounds of cocaine were found within the food on Thursday at the Presidio Port of Entry, not far from Big Bend Ranch State Park.
According to a news release, a 22-year-old driver attempted to smuggle cocaine into the U.S. in his truck.
The cheese wheels were examined during a secondary inspection, and when CBP officers cut open the cheese, they found they were filled with cocaine.
A total of seven bundles were found within the cheese wheels.
“Smugglers will sometimes try to conceal contraband in items that appear innocent to deflect suspicion,” CBP Presidio Port Director Daniel Mercado said in the release. “The thorough and extensive inspections performed by CBP officers stopped this unusual drug load from reaching its intended destination.”
The drugs and vehicle were seized by the CBP and the driver was taken into custody by Homeland Security Investigations. He will face charges for drug smuggling, the CBP states.