US Customs seizes fake carrots stuffed with $500,000 worth of marijuana
On January 10, USCBP agents first performed a search of the vehicle carrying the commercial shipment of carrots by using non-intrusive imaging technology, and then took a second pass with trained canines.
Upon closer inspection, officers found more than 1 ton of marijuana wrapped in orange tape in order to look like carrots.
“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the US/Mexico border,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry in a statement.
“Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.”
Agents with Homeland Security will follow up on this investigation.
Once again, drug-smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the US-Mexico border.
Smugglers hide 2,500 lbs. of weed in fake carrot shipment
Customs and Border Protection agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana hidden “in a carrot-like package.”
Attention, carrot-lovers: Marijuana smugglers just found a new way to pack some of your favorite leafy green’s benefits into those carotene-laden root crops.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Pharr, Texas, seized 2,493 pounds of “alleged marijuana” on Sunday, the agency said. The drugs, worth an estimated $499,000, were apparently stuffed into almost 3,000 “carrot-shaped packages.”
The fake carrots were apparently hidden among a shipment of real, fresh carrots en route from Mexico. Enforcement agents said they found the drugs after referring the tractor-trailer carrying the carrots for an imaging scan, which prompted a more thorough inspection using drug-sniffing dogs.
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