Customs agents seize 3,947 pounds of weed disguised as limes

Despite it becoming easier and easier for Americans to legally consume cannabis, thousands of pounds of of weed still comes across the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas discovered 3,947 pounds of “alleged marijuana” inside a shipment of key limes. Even a quick glance at the “limes” would alert anyone who has ever seen a lime before that something was up. Although the seizure occurred on Jan. 30, the CBP just released information about the incident Tuesday.

According to the release, CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility found the marijuana while inspecting a tractor trailer truck. Using non-intrusive imagining and canines, the team was able to uncover 34,764 packages filled with 3,947 pounds of sticky icky. The release says the disguised packages were “commingling” with real key limes in the shipment. 

CBP says the estimated street value of the funny limes is about $789,467, which equals about $200 a pound. Considering the incredibly low price, the weed was probably either really bad, or the 3,947 pounds also includes the packaging used to disguise the packaging. 

Mashable has reached out to the CBP for clarification on the weight and street price of the seizure. The case is still being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

This isn’t the first time fake food was used to disguise a shipment of weed. In Jan. 2016, the CBP confiscated 2,493 pounds of “alleged marijuana” disguised as carrots at the same facility.


So whoever is trying to smuggle weed disguised as food through Pharr, Texas — they’re onto you, man. 

Via Brian Koerber,Mashable USA, LLC

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