The drug haul, packed inside orange bundles designed to blend in with a shipment of carrots, was found on the Mexico border.
Border control officers stopped a tractor crossing into Texas and discovered more than a ton of marijuana concealed within a shipment of carrots in the vehicle’s trailer. More after the cut….
A total of 2,817 carrot-shaped packages, complete with orange coloured wrapping, worth an estimated $499,000 were seized at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Texas by border control.
Sniffer dogs were brought in after the vehicle was brought in for an imaging inspection, US Customs and Border Protection revealed (CBP). Packages of marijuana were found hidden inside the bags of carrots.
Efrain Solis Jr, Port Director at the Pharr crossing, said: “Once again, drug smuggling organisations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the US/Mexico border. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.”
The case is being investigated by agents from Homeland Security Investigations.