U.S. border officers in Texas seized 2,493 pounds of what appeared to be weed over the weekend that was hidden in fake carrots mixed in with real packages of Bugs Bunny's favorite food.
"Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border," Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said in a statement by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Officers at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge discovered the nearly 1-ton haul of marijuana, valued at about $500,000 on the street, on Sunday during an inspection after an imaging system flagged the truck for a secondary check.
"The examination revealed packages of suspected narcotics hidden within the bags of carrots," the statement said. "Officers removed and seized a total of 2,817 carrot-shaped packages of alleged marijuana."
Drug smugglers apparently like their veggies. In November, UBP officers found marijuana and cocaine valued at nearly $1.8 million buried in two separate shipments of fresh produce, the agency said.
But the criminals connected to those incidents were less creative — they simply buried rectangular-shaped packages of drugs in the produce, both carrots and cucumbers.
"Carrots good for eyesight, marijuana good for glaucoma . . . coincidence? I think not . . . This is the upside to Obamacare. Its al (sic) about outsourcing," one person wrote on Facebook along with a link to the story.
Many online were impressed with the criminals' creativity.
"Hahahahaha! They even used orange tape to wrap it like a carrot!" one woman wrote on FB.
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