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Border Officers Find Nearly Two Tons of Weed Camouflaged as Limes

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At first glance, these limes look like a normal shipment of the green fruit. But they don’t contain the citrus juice you would squeeze into your margarita on a hot summer day.

Instead the phony limes were packed full of marijuana. US Customs and Border Protection officers in Pharr, Texas, seized a total of 3,947 pounds of weed in the commercial shipment of key limes on January 30, officials said.

The truck hauling the “produce” crossed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico. Over 34,000 of the fake fruit packages were discovered by an imaging inspection system and narcotics K-9 team.

“This is an outstanding interception of narcotics. Our CBP officers continue to excel in their knowledge of smuggling techniques, which allows them to intercept these kinds of attempts to introduce narcotics into our country,” said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. in a statement.

The drugs are valued at approximately $789,467, according to the US Customs and Border Protection statement. The case is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.

This isn’t the first time smugglers tried to use fake produce to bring drugs into the United States. Last year, agents found 2,493 pounds of marijuana stuffed into fake carrots at the same border crossing.

10 comments

  • Mike

    Seems like it would be worth a little more. That’s about two hundred a pound! Tell me where I can find it that cheep

    • Axia

      But then for-profit prisons would be nearly empty, taxpayers would save billions per year, violent crimes would be drastically reduced, and billion-dollar pharma companies would lose profit. DON’T YOU SEE HOW THIS HURTS THE 1%?

    • Samatha

      Mexican pot could not compete w the medical marijuana that this country grows. Ours is so much better I’ve read that the Mexicans wants ours not theirs. This find was definitely not for mature adults it must have been for the underage group. They should all go to jail and not just the drivers. The manufacturer of the limes and the owners of the truck. This is how Mexicans are buying up American companies, with the proceeds of their drug sales. All foreign companies should be investigated right down to the first transaction to ensure they are not using drug proceeds to establish themselves here.

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