When pulled over, Zachary Taylor Blood, 33, told Border Patrol agents near the South Texas town of Encino that a coffin in his van held the remains of a "dead guy, Navy guy," according to details from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas. Agents noticed the coffin was in lousy condition and the American flag was "taped to the top with packing tape."
While smuggling cases aren't a rarity in South Texas, the lawyer representing Blood, Simon Purnell, told the New York Times this was the first time he's heard of smuggling via coffin.
Blood's sentencing is scheduled for May in Corpus Christi. He faces a $250,000 fine and up to 5 years in federal prison.Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.