310 Pounds of Pot Found Hidden Inside Boxes of Carrots

The veggies were in the back of a truck attempting to pass through the Otay Mesa cargo facility

By Monica Garske
|  Friday, Jan 11, 2013  |  Updated 7:11 AM PDT
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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.

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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.
 

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