Mexico City, Mexico — Elements of the National Guard found methamphetamine hidden inside a piece of fake pre-Hispanic art. The discovery was made inside a Reynosa courier company Tuesday.
The drugs were located hidden in a handmade painting with pre-Hispanic figures during an x-ray. Authorities acted on a tip they were given regarding the possible shipment of narcotics inside a resin figure.
Authorities were able to locate the cardboard box inside the courier company and inside that, the resin piece of art with figures alluding to pre-Columbian culture. Stuffed inside was 54 kilograms of methamphetamine.
“At first glance, it could be seen that inside the piece, which was split in two, there was a white substance, apparently methamphetamine, which gave off a strong chemical odor,” the FGR detailed in a statement.
The art piece, which was sent from Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, was bound for the U.S. state of Texas.