Police Find 3,000 Pounds of Marijuana Disguised as Watermelons

The stash was worth more than $600,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said agents in Texas discovered 3,000 pounds of marijuana disguised as watermelons.

The agency said it searched a shipment of fresh watermelons on January 17 and discovered the 390 "watermelons" were actually suspected marijuana packages shaped like the fruit and wrapped in green material.

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The marijuana had an estimated worth of $600,092, according to authorities.

"Smugglers continue to be creative as they attempt to introduce illegal narcotics into our country," said Port Director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry. "Our frontline CBP officers' experience, vigilance and attention to detail [prevent] the introduction of these dangerous drugs into our country."

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The case was handed over to Homeland Security Investigations for further scrutiny, according to police. 

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