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Texas Border agents seize two tons of pot disguised as key limes

February 10, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Border agents seize two tons of pot disguised as key limes

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Texas border agents say drug smugglers concealed close to two tons of marijuana as key limes in an endeavor to sneak them from Mexico into the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge in the Rio Grande Valley noticed a 2001 Freightliner drive up to the port of entry. Officers referred the driver to a secondary inspection station for a routine check, according to a CBP news release.

A K-9 unit alerted border agents to the presence of drugs. Authorities also used a non-intrusive imaging system to search the trailer for irregularities. After the alert by the K-9, agents conducted a physical inspection of the shipment of key limes that were being imported from Mexico.

Lime-shaped bundles containing 3,947 pounds of marijuana seized by CBP officers at Pharr International Bridge (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The search unveiled 34,764 packages of marijuana that had been concealed as key limes to hide within the cargo.

Officials revealed that the weight of the contraband was 3,947.37 pounds, and has an estimated street value of $789,467.

“This is an outstanding interception of narcotics. Our CBP officers excel in their knowledge of smuggling techniques which allows them to intercept these attempts to introduce narcotics into our country,” the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. announced in a written statement.

Drug traffickers tend to be very creative in disguising their shipments as produce. Over one year ago, smugglers tried to disguise 2,493 pounds of pot as carrots. The marijuana was discovered in 2,817 packages wrapped in orange plastic. This incident occurred just down the road at the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge.

The Gulf Cartel dominates drug trafficking in this area of Mexico.

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