Published on January 14th, 2016 | by News Feed
Carrots Are Not Just Good For Your Eyes, They Are Also Great For Smuggling Pot
No doubt your parents/guardians told you as a child that eating your carrots would help your eyes. I bet they never told you that carrots would make a great decoy for smuggling thousands of pounds of marijuana. That is exactly what border patrol officers have discovered.
On Sunday officers in Pharr, Texas found almost 2500 pounds of marijuana that had been creatively stashed inside crates filled with carrots. The packages that contained the marijuana were also in the shape and color of carrots only they were a little larger. In all officers were able to find 2,493 pounds of the sticky icky.
“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.
The truck being used to haul the massive amount of marijuana crossed the border in the Pharr-Reynosa area. Apparently satellite imaging detected something on the truck and flagged the automobile for further inspection. Agents soon swarmed the vehicle and the fake carrots were found rather easily.
In total nearly 3,000 carrot shaped packages were pulled from the truck. The cargo filled the beds of two border patrol trucks. According to the police on the scene the contraband would have an estimated street value of $499,000. The Department of Homeland Security is now in charge of the investigation.
This is not the first time that fresh produce has been used to smuggle narcotics. In November of 2015, in the same portion of the border, officers were able to seize nearly two million dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana that had been neatly packed with carrots and cucumbers.
Apparently the heat signatures that the produce emits are similar in nature to that of the marijuana. Officials have not come forward with any thoughts as to the origin of the marijuana. Further details have also been hard to come by in regards to the driver of the truck. In many cases drivers are hired to haul items that they are not aware of.
The real question here is how the border patrol was able to ascertain the value of the seized marijuana would be $499,000. With 2,493 pounds of marijuana they would have to place the price of one pound at just $200. That is an absurdly low cost for one pound of marijuana and does not even come close to the cost in places were it is legal, such as Colorado and Washington.