Another shipment of marijuana disguised as produce has been stopped and confiscated by border guards. This time it was almost 4000 pounds valued at nearly $800,000. The shipment was coming into the southern US border from Mexico on a tractor trailer on January 30th.
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) February 7, 2017
CNN reported there were 34,764 lime-like packages containing drugs valued at approximately $789,467. Last year, agents found 2,493 pounds of marijuana stuffed into fake carrots at the same border crossing.
“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,” said Efrain Solis Jr., director of the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas port of entry.
It seems strange that these big shipments continue to come in from Mexico when there is much better quality marijuana grown legally in the U.S. In 2016 it was a $6.7 billion industry. 8 States have legalized recreational marijuana, so people can just go there and stock up. Or if you live in one of the 28 states with medical marijuana, you can surely find a medical condition that gets you a prescription for it. As more states join the trend to legalize the plant, we will surely see much less drug trafficking.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)