U.S. Customs Officials Find 755 Pounds Of Marijuana In Shipment Of Fresh Broccoli

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Perhaps one might figure that one kind of green plant matter could easily pass as another kind, say, marijuana masquerading as a shipment of fresh broccoli. They’re the same color! But U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers weren’t born yesterday, and they can tell the difference between nutritious vegetables and weed.

Officers with the Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Texas were inspecting a semi truck hauling a shipment of broccoli from Mexico on Tuesday, when they found 661 packages — 766 pounds — of marijuana tucked in among the veggies.

“I commend our frontline officers at our cargo facility for their dedication and commitment towards the CBP mission of helping keep drugs from crossing our border,” Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said. “Our ability to analyze all the information presented with commercial importations in conjunction with officer experience, is the basis for accomplishing these type of interceptions.”

Customs officers have put a $153,000 street value on the pot, which they seized, along with the truck it came in, and say the investigation is still ongoing.

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