Ton of Pot Found Among Load of Limes

Seizure worth about $2.4 million

Thursday, Feb 23, 2012  |  Updated 3:06 PM CDT
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Ton of Pot Found Among Load of Limes

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Millions of dollars worth of pot was confiscated at the Texas-Mexico border this week. The pot was packed with limes and cucumbers (in white beneath the limes) in 349 packages.

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Authorities say a load of limes in South Texas has yielded more than a ton of marijuana

U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Wednesday announced the seizure of about $2.4 million worth of marijuana.

Investigators say an 18-wheeler hauling a commercial shipment of limes had a second inspection Tuesday at the Progreso International Bridge.

Officers discovered nearly 349 packages had been slipped into the shipment. Agents seized 2,427 pounds of marijuana.

Investigators say an unrelated bust a day earlier, in a commercial shipment of cucumbers, led to confiscation of 1,914 pounds of marijuana. The street value of the packaged marijuana has been estimated at $1.9 million.

“Our frontline CBP officers at the Progreso Port of Entry have done fantastic work in seizing two significant loads of narcotics in the commercial environment in just over a day,” said Carlos Rodriguez, CBP Port Director, Progreso. “Our top priority is securing our borders and these two back-to-back seizures clearly exemplify CBP’s steadfast commitment to our border security mission.”

Both tractor-trailer rigs have been seized.

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