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Hot jalapeños did not hide weed smell

Cannabis shipments intercepted in Texas

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who seized almost three tons of marijuana were not deceived by the spicy jalapeño peppers nor the freshness of another cargo, of cucumbers.

Last week, U.S. agents performed a routine inspection of a cargo truck that transported jalapeño peppers through the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

When a CBP officer referred a tractor trailer hauling a shipment of jalapeño peppers for a secondary inspection, the authorities discovered a total of 1,341 packages of marijuana hidden in the cargo, weighing 2,300 kgs, abasto.com reported. This shipment of marijuana had an estimated street value of 1 million dollars.

But a few days earlier, Customs and Border Protection agents at the Pharr International Bridge in Texas had also discovered marijuana, this time hidden in a shipment of cucumbers. Here, among the cucumbers, they found 285 packages of marijuana weighing 360 kgs. These narcotics had an estimated street value of 158,000 dollars.

Publication date: 1/30/2018


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