That’s some spicy pot.
Border patrol officers at a port of entry in San Diego discovered nearly four tons of marijuana hidden beneath a shipment of jalapeños, officials said.
Officers assigned to the Otay Mesa cargo facility in California discovered the large amount of weed, worth about $2.3 million, wrapped in green packaging and stashed under a mountain of red jalapeño peppers, according to US Customs and Border Protection.
“Not only did they prevent the drugs from reaching our community, they also prevented millions of dollars of potential profit from making it into the hands of a transnational criminal organization.”
Officials said a 37-year-old Mexican citizen was driving a tractor pulling a trailer full of jalapeño peppers into the port of entry on Thursday.
A CBP officer referred the truck to secondary check when a canine team alerted to them to the shipment of peppers.
The officer then discovered and extracted 314 large wrapped packages of marijuana, weighing 7,560 pounds, within the shipment of jalapeño peppers.
The truck and marijuana was seized by the officers.