It was check and mate for a drug smuggler who tried to secret more than 2 pounds of hashish into the country inside a wooden chessboard, authorities said.
Officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection made the discovery Saturday during a routine inspection of parcels at the cargo facility at Philadelphia International Airport, said spokesman Steve Sapp.
The chessboard, which had been shipped from Tanzania in East Africa, was picked randomly, Sapp said.
“It felt a little odd, a little bit heavy,” Sapp said. An X-ray revealed something of “unusual density” had been hidden inside. Customs officers removed the bottom of the game board to find a tape-wrapped brick that tested positive for hashish, a small baggy of marijuana, and a partial collection of chessmen.
No arrests have been made, and Sapp declined to identify the intended destination of the package, citing an ongoing investigation.