Highway patrol officers made an unexpected discovery during a routine traffic stop near Amarillo, Texas, on Jan. 26.
After pulling over a minivan for a traffic violation around 9:30 a.m., police discovered more than $3 million worth of methamphetamine hidden inside the frames of several paintings, KFDA reports.
The meth was packaged into 27 bundles and stuffed inside the frames of the religious-themed paintings. The contraband weighed about 35 pounds in total.
The driver and passenger of the minivan, 24-year-old Edir Del Carmen Ortega-Moncada and 33-year-old Daniel Soto-Hernandez, both of Tijuana, Mexico, were arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.
They are currently being held in the Carson County Jail.
Highway troopers believe the meth was being taken from Mexico to Atlanta, Georgia.
This is not the first time religious paintings have been used to smuggle illegal drugs.
In 2010, border patrol officers at an El Paso, Texas checkpoint discovered 30 pounds of marijuana hidden inside three framed paintings of Jesus, CNN reported at the time.
The paintings were found inside a Jeep attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border.