*This may be hard to believe, but its true.
It all began to unravel when Melodie Peil had a hard time locking the passenger door on her 1990 Chevy van. So she asked a friend to help her. The first thing the friend did was undo the door’s interior panel to check out the lock mechanism. It was then that he noticed the door’s frame was packed solid with bricks of grass.
No, not that grass. Grass of the not yet legal in every state kind. And the woman had driven the van over 15 years, through all sorts of security check-points (and passed) as well as transported her family throughout the neighborhood. All of this time, with this stowaway she never knew about.
Now of course you’re thinking, didn’t she…or didn’t they, smell anything? Could it be that because you (nor I) have ever packed drugs we are missing something? Perhaps it was the strong saran-wrap that protected the bricks’ odor? The weed apparently hadn’t seen the business end of a scrub brush since its original purchase from the used car dealership. (Scroll down for the video news clip.)
“Low and behold, we discovered something that didn’t belong there,” Melodie Peil affirmed. “It was pretty shocking,”
Law enforcement officials claim that the stash was most likely placed there by the van’s previous owner and forgotten about.
But its “shocking” that Peil drove the pot-stocked van through at least 10 border patrol checkpoints in New Mexico without officials detecting the unbeknownst cargo.
Investigators say the age of the drugs is why the smell wasn’t detected by drug-sniffing dogs and border agents.
But was it ‘old’ from the beginning? We’re talking 15 years here.
Let this serve as a warning. If you buy a used car (or even rent one) check it out thoroughly. You never know what could be lurking inside.
Here’s the video news report on the story.