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During a raid by the US officials, they found a trailer filled with jalapeno poppers. Aside from the spicy surprise, they also found something more interesting tucked among the chili. NPR, an independent, nonprofit media organization reported on their website that the US Customs and Border Protection officers might’ve hit the jackpot.
The raid successfully seized nearly four tons of weed which were mixed in with a huge shipment of red and green jalapenos. This shipment was found at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego. “I am proud of the officers for seizing this significant marijuana load,” Otay Mesa Port Director Rosa Hernandez said.
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She was proud to announce that they prevented the illegal substance from reaching the nearby communities. The officers added that it is tied to millions of dollars of potential profit because it could have made it into the dirty hands of a huge criminal organization. Reports say that the drugs captured were valued at $2.3 million.
The officers stopped the vehicle that contained the jalapeno poppers; it was being driven by a 37-year-old Mexican man. Although it is not clear why the vehicle was flagged for secondary screening, the officers used a dog that alerted them that there were more interesting things hidden in the peppers shipment.
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“CBP officers probed the shipment and discovered a leafy-green like substance that field-tested positive for the properties of marijuana,” the statement declared. It is not the biggest marijuana bust that happened at the cargo facility as of late because, earlier that day, officers managed to seize more than 10,000 pounds of pot found in auto parts shipment.
Hiding drugs in product shipments is a common modus for drug traffickers. They are reportedly often hidden in banana shipments.