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Agents Find 2 Tons Of Weed Disguised As Lettuce (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante
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Officers seized nearly 2 tons of marijuana that was disguised as lettuce.

The United States Customs and Border Protection officers made the discovery on June 26 in Laredo, Texas, CNN reported. They seized 5,754 packages containing a total of 3,707 pounds of marijuana, according to CBP.

The huge drug bust came after a narcotics K-9 team conducted a non-intrusive imaging and physical inspection of a trailer attempting to cross the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge along the Texas-Mexico border.

The drug smugglers attempted to disguise the marijuana in phony lettuce-like bundles, but failed to get past the CBP agents. The drugs had an estimated street value of $741,186, according to a statement by the CBP.

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"This is truly an example of our CBP officers' hard work, experience and dedication to the CBP mission," Port Director Gregory Alvarez said in a statement obtained by CNN. "I congratulate the officers in advancing the CBP mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics."

CBP seized the marijuana, and turned it over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.

This is far from the first time border patrol officers caught drug smugglers attempting to bring drugs into the country through phony food shipments.

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On Aug. 5, 2016, officers found more than 4,000 pounds of pot in a commercial shipment of limes, CBP said in a statement. The shipment was worth about $800,000.

“Our CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility continue making substantial seizures as a result of their dedication and vigilance to the CBP mission,” Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said at the time.

A similar bust occurred on Jan. 30, with officers seizing 3,947 pounds of weed in another shipment of limes, the CBP reported.

"This is an outstanding interception of narcotics. 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," Solis Jr. said of that drug bust.

Another 2,493 pounds of pot concealed in carrot-shaped packaging was confiscated in 2016, CNN reported. In 2012, officers found nearly 5,000 pounds of cannabis within a shipment of cucumbers that had an estimated street value of $3.7 million, CBP reported.

The latest CBP bust had Twitter users talking.

"Legalize it now! And we won't be spending millions of dollars on border agents to confiscate weed!" wrote one user.

"Exactly! Then we could control the quality, taking out the risks of harmful chemicals, and make tax money from it," added another.

Other users took a more comical approach.

"Salad anyone ??" quipped one reader.

Sources: CNN (2), CBP (23), CNN/Twitter / Photo credit: Dwight Sipler/FlickrCBP (2

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