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More than 1,400 pounds of marijuana was found hidden inside fresh coconuts at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.
A total of 2,486 packages of alleged marijuana were concealed inside the coconuts, which were part of a commercial shipment inside a tractor-trailer traveling from Mexico to the United States, the CBP said in a statement.
The drug was discovered Monday at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility near Hidalgo, with the help of a canine team. The shipment was referred for a scan known as a “non-intrusive imaging inspection.”
The more than half a ton of marijuana was worth approximately $285,000.
“Our officers’ ability to use all available resources, combined with their experience, has resulted in numerous discoveries of illegal narcotics,” CBP port director Efrain Solis Jr. said in the statement. “We are keeping drugs off our streets, protecting our communities and our vigilance is continuous.”
The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations special agents, the CBP added.
In March, agents at the same border crossing found 766 pounds of marijuana hidden in a shipment of fresh broccoli.