Man arrested after Pennsylvania police find 20 pounds of marijuana wrapped as Christmas presents

Posted Dec. 15, 2013, at 6:09 a.m.

A peek inside some gift-wrapped Christmas parcels in a minivan this week revealed an unlikely present — 20 pounds of marijuana, police in Pennsylvania said.

Randy Jesus Valdivia, 38, of Surfside, Fla., was arrested after the boxes were opened and police discovered 40 packages of marijuana valued at $160,000, Pennsylvania State Police said in a statement on Friday.

An officer had searched Valdivia’s van with his permission after observing indications of criminal activity during a traffic stop on Thursday on Interstate 80 in Centre County, police said.

Valdivia faces a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver, police said. Jail records show he has been released.