Over $1 million of marijuana has been found hidden underneath sand on South Padre Island.
The heap of cannabis was discovered after the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip. Found at two separate locations, the local deputies called in the assistance of a Customs and Border Protection helicopter to assist and search from the sky.
A man was caught pretending to fish near the location of the marijuana. He was reportedly using sea shells as bait. After questioning, he confessed to being there to watch over the bundles of pot.
Sheriff Omar Lucio spoke about the smuggling operation:
“They are probably bringing it in through some boats or ships. They have smaller boats, and they get it onto the beach. And then they try to cover it up and have somebody else pick them up.”
Customs and Border Protection will now begin further investigation and the fake fisherman will be charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.