Customs officers find meth in hollowed-out religious candle

LOS ANGELES (AP) " U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found crystal methamphetamine concealed in a hollowed-out religious candle inspected at a Southern California air cargo facility.

The agency said Monday that the 1.6 pounds of crystal meth was found in Ontario on Aug. 3.

The candle, described as unusually heavy, was in a parcel from Mexico that also contained a boy's cotton suit. An X-ray revealed a cylinder shape inside the candle, which was then carved out, exposing the container.

The meth was valued at $23,000.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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