100 Pounds of Pot in Wrapping Paper Seized at LAX

About 100 pounds of marijuana hidden underneath clothes in checked baggage and covered in birthday wrapping paper was seized at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday morning.

The pot has an estimated street value of about $300,000, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

At 5:15 a.m., officials at one of the terminals "reported four suitcases full of marijuana were discovered," according to a statement from TSA Public Affairs Manager Nico Melendez.

The marijuana was wrapped in green cellophane and covered with birthday wrapping paper, Melendez said. The bags belonged to two different passengers on a flight bound for Atlanta.

The passengers did not board the flight and have not been found, the TSA said.

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