In recent months and weeks, we’ve seen attempts to smuggle drugs in shipments of food. In Brooklyn, $4 million in cocaine and heroin was found stashed in boxes of exotic vegetables. Not too long ago, a ton of weed was smuggled in fake carrots from Mexico. On Thursday, yet another shipment of food was used in attempts to get ganja into the US. This time, 1,423 pounds of bud was found stuffed into coconuts.
The discovery was made by customs agents at the Pharr International Bridge, which lies at the Mexican border in Texas. Agents stopped a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of coconuts fro Mexico. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection the vehicle “was referred for a non-intrusive imaging inspection (NII).” After the K9 unit got to it, a total of 2,486 packages of supposed weed was found. The value of the seized weed is reportedly an approximate $285,000.
Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said, “Our officers’ ability to use all available resources combined with their experience has resulted in numerous discoveries of illegal narcotics. We are keeping drugs off our streets, protecting our communities and our vigilance is continuous.”