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Customs and Border Protection Finds Nearly 4,000 Pounds of Weed in a Shipment of Key Limes

At first glance, the shipment looked like an average pile of green fruit

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The seizure of the shipment occurred on Jan. 30.

Narcotics smugglers are getting really crafty. Just last week, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Texas, found 3,947.37 pounds of alleged marijuana in a commercial shipment of key limes in a 2001 Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Using a non-intrusive imaging system and a canine team, CBP officers found 34,764 lime-shaped packages of marijuana valued at $789,467, according to the CBP website.

The truck carrying the fake limes crossed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border near the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported.

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


The case is still under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security.