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