U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas, have seized 5,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of fresh jalapenos. ( Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection )

Last week it was just under 800 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of cucumbers crossing at the Pharr International Bridge, and this week U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo, Texas, have seized 5,000 pounds hidden in a load of fresh jalapenos.

On Jan. 23, a CBP officer at the World Trade Bridge referred a tractor trailer hauling a load of jalapeno peppers for secondary inspection, according to a news release.

Officers discovered 1,341 packages allegedly containing 5,000 pounds of marijuana through use of a non-intrusive imaging system and canine inspection, according to the release. The marijuana’s estimated street value comes in at just over $1 million.

“This is definitely a significant seizure and I commend the CBP officers involved,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry, in the release. “This is a great example of the effectiveness of the layered enforcement inspection process implemented by our CBP officers.”

As with similar cases, the CBP officers seized the narcotics and turned the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

 
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