Weed: fake carrots stuff with weed
According to media reports, border patrol agents in Texas discovered 2,493 pounds of alleged marijuana concealed within a commercial shipment of carrots on Sunday.
As reported by FOX News, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility encountered the tractor-trailer hauling the shipment of what appeared to be fresh carrots arriving from Mexico on Jan. 10.
Officers conducted a non-intrusive inspection before referring the vehicle to a secondary inspection on the enforcement dock.
“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S./Mexico border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.”
It wasn’t until then—and with the help from a canine team—that the weed-toting carrots were revealed.
Officers removed and seized 2,817 of the carrot-shaped packages of alleged marijuana. CBP said that amount of marijuana carries an estimated street value of $499,000.
The New York Daily News reported the police stopped drug smugglers at the same bridge on Dec. 2 from bringing in more than $1 million of drugs that were disguised as both carrots and cucumbers.
In 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers stopped the driver of a tractor trailer carrying what appeared to be watermelons near Tucson, Arizona. After X-ray scanning the suspicious fruit, they found millions of dollars worth of cannabis hidden inside.
And in 2008, cartels were busted bringing 5,000 pounds of pot — about $8.3 million worth — into Nogales, Ariz., hidden among actual watermelons.