Border agents discovered a pungent and pricey surprise inside a shipment of fresh produce from Mexico — 2,493 pounds of marijuana tucked inside fake carrots. The haul had an estimated street value of $499,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Photo U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
With the current media obsession about the recapture of El Chapo, this was a rather amusing news bit from the editorial staff of Forbes of all people.
The steady advance of marijuana legalization and the concurrent mainstreaming of hydroponic growing will have a profound affect on our society.
Who knows whether all of this change will be to the good or bad?
My guess is no one as we stumble forward.
p.s. I also found this story from The Globe and Mail most interesting. Hey, get your new and better tasting carrots!
And, speaking of the value of cash crops and taxes.
“Once again, drug smuggling organizations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the U.S./Mexico border,” Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said in a statement. “Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities.”
The incident on Jan. 10 wasn’t the first time authorities at the Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry in Texas — about 230 miles south of San Antonio – have seen drugs tucked into decoy produce. In 2015, officials in the area confiscated $3,428,927 worth of marijuana in eight incidents. The weed was hidden among tomatoes, limes, coconuts, coriander, mango pulp and cucumbers.While that’s a hefty amount of weed for one border area, the haul doesn’t come to close to the amount Coloradans spent on legal marijuana during the same year. In the first eight months of 2015, the state sold over $639 million worth of medical and recreational pot (not packaged in fruit and vegetables), according to the Colorado Department of Revenue.