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Drug smugglers hide bags of marijuana in shipment of broccoli

By Mason White 9:55 AM March 29, 2016
Marijuana found among broccoli 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) U.S. Border Patrol agents successfully intercepted a large shipment of marijuana from Mexico, despite the smuggler’s attempt to hide the haul among broccoli.

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Texas, found more than one kind of a leafy product when 766 pounds of alleged marijuana were discovered within a shipment of fresh broccoli.

On Tuesday, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility encountered a tractor/trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli from Mexico.

After referring the conveyance for secondary inspection and with the use of non-intrusive imaging technology along with a canine team, officers discovered a total of 661 packages of alleged marijuana comingled within the boxes of the produce.

CBP OFO seized the drugs, valued at approximately $153,000, along with the tractor/trailer.