Pot in LAX Luggage Disguised as Birthday Presents

It's worth about $300,000, and the bags' owners haven't been found

Two passengers tried to smuggle 100 pounds of marijuana -- disguised as birthday presents -- through Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, officials said.

Shortly after 5 a.m., TSA officers at Terminal 1 screened the four suit cases and found they were stuffed with marijuana, said Nico Melendez, TSA spokesman.

The pot was bundled in green cellophane then wrapped again in cupcake-covered wrapping paper, pictured below, Melendez said.

Two passengers tried to check the bags and were scheduled to depart Los Angeles to Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The passengers did not board their flight to Atlanta and have not been found, Melendez said.

The pot has a street value of about $300,000, airport officials said.

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