Texas Border Authorities Discover Marijuana-Filled Carrots In Produce Truck (Photo)

| by Karin Sun
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Border control officials at a Pharr, Texas checkpoint discovered that a truck attempting to cross the border contained more than it appeared to at first glance.

The truck, which crossed the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the border between Texas and Mexico on Jan. 10, appeared to be delivering a shipment of fresh carrots from Mexico, CNN reported.

After an imaging system flagged the vehicle for a special inspection, border control agents reportedly found 2,493 pounds of marijuana stuffed into fake plastic carrots mixed in with the real ones.

"Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S.-Mexico border," Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said in a statement, according to CNN.

The marijuana was stuffed into 3,000 fake carrots and had a total street value of about $499,000.

Officers were able to fill the beds of two pickup trucks with the contraband.

This is not the first time carrots were used to smuggle illegal drugs through the Pharr, Texas checkpoint.

In November 2015, agents at the same checkpoint intercepted nearly two million dollars worth of marijuana and cocaine hidden within two separate shipments of fresh produce, according to an article on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

The drugs were hidden in small packages inside boxes of carrots and cucumbers.

Sources: CNN, U.S. Customs and Border Protection / Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection via CNN