Nearly $500,000 worth of drugs hidden in fresh carrot shipment

Photo - US Customs, CBP.gov

PHARR, TEXAS (WLNS) – To some, they looked just like regular carrots, but to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, there was much more underneath the thick, orange tape.

U.S. Customs found 2,493 pounds of drugs believed to be marijuana hidden inside what appeared to be carrots. The “drug carrots” were hidden among the actual vegetable in a carrot shipment.

The carrots were on their way from Mexico on January 10, but U.S. Customs stopped the shipment when they realized what was inside. Border agents first examined the carrot shipment using a non-intrusive image inspection. Then U.S. Customs officers inspected the carrot shipment further, along with a K-9 team. The secondary inspection revealed there was much more to the carrot shipment than just fresh carrots.

U.S. Customs officers seized 2,817 carrot-shaped packages of drugs, which are believed to be marijuana.

Now the case is under further investigation by the Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) team.

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