Customs and Border Protection officers in the US have found a nine pound shipment of ketamine inside the frames of six paintings of Jesus Christ.

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The discovery of the controlled substance in white powder form was made on Wednesday, June 3, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chief Customs and Border Protection officer Brian Lick said: “The use of religious articles to conceal narcotics and other illicit materials is a common practice used by traffickers with the idea that these articles will be looked at with less scrutiny by CBP officers.”

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Earlier this year in March, nine pounds of methamphetamine was found in the frames of eight paintings of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and Pope Francis by a CBP drug detection dog in Cincinnati.


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