updated 6/9/2008 1:11:26 PM ET 2008-06-09T17:11:26

Customs officials at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport have seized more than 11 pounds of hashish that was concealed in wooden clothes hangers.

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Officials said Monday that agriculture specialists with U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized the hashish, with a street value of about $144,000, on Wednesday.

Officials said agents became suspicious when they found an unusual number of hangers in a passenger's luggage.

Since three people were traveling as a group, the officials then searched the other passengers' luggage, finding more hashish.

The passengers are in custody awaiting prosecution.

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