U.S. Customs and Protection
42 packages of marijuana were found stashed inside boxes of carrots on the back of a truck trying to pass through the Otay Mesa cargo facility.
Local U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers got quite the surprise when they discovered nearly 310 pounds of marijuana hidden inside a shipment of vegetables at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.
Officers made the strange discovery Wednesday night.
A 29-year-old U.S. citizen driving a truck entered the cargo port and attempted to pass through with what he claimed was a large shipment of boxed carrots in the bed of the truck.
Upon further inspection, officers found the veggies were laced with something else: a whole lot of pot.
Comingling in the boxes of bright orange carrots, officers found 42 hidden packages of marijuana worth an estimated street value of nearly $500,000.
Officers said the driver of the truck, a resident of Maywood, Calif., was arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
He’s facing federal charges for the attempted illegal smuggling of marijuana.