Despite it becoming easier and easier for Americans to legally consume cannabis, thousands of pounds of of weed still comes across the border.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Texas discovered 3,947 pounds of "alleged marijuana" inside a shipment of key limes. Even a quick glance at the "limes" would alert anyone who has ever seen a lime before that something was up. Although the seizure occurred on Jan. 30, the CBP just released information about the incident Tuesday.
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TSA #TBT January 2007 --- This Los Angeles (LAX) traveler didn’t think his wardrobe through before coming to the airport. In addition to actual firearms, replica firearms (such as this belt buckle) are prohibited, as they can cause alarm in the airport/airplane environment.
This inert grenade novelty item was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on bag at Seattle (SEA). While it is kind of funny, it’s prohibited altogether from both carry-on and checked baggage. So what’s the big deal if it’s inert? First off, we don’t know it’s inert until explosives professionals take a closer look, and that takes time and slows down the line. It can even lead to a complete shutdown and evacuation. Also, imagine the person sitting next to you on the plane pulling this out of their carry-on. No big deal, right? For these reasons, anything resembling a bomb or grenade is prohibited from both carry-on and checked bags. #TSAGoodCatch
A Dallas Love Field (DAL) traveler had these throwing knives in their carry-on bag. All knives are prohibited from carry-on bags, but may be packed in checked baggage. #TSATravelTips
#TSAGoodCatch - Replica firearms are prohibited in carry-on bags. Knives are prohibited in carry-on bags. Knife guns? #Nope This was discovered in carry-on bag at Providence (PVD).
#TSAGoodCatch - This ornate jawbone tomahawk was discovered in a carry-on bag at Salt Lake City (SLC). Jawbone tomahawks (and all other tomahawks) must be packed in checked baggage.
#TSATravelTips - In addition to being a cute cat keychain, this is a punching weapon. Just as with brass knuckles, they’re prohibited from being packed or carried through the checkpoint. This one was discovered this week at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF). You can pack them in your checked baggage.
#TSAGoodCatch - This folding throwing star was discovered in a carry-on bag at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). These are prohibited from carry-on bags and should be packed in checked baggage. #Krull
#TSAGoodCatch - This comb dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Lihue Airport (LIH) in Hawaii. Knives are always prohibited in carry-on bags no matter the size. Concealed knives can lead to fines and arrest.
#TSAGoodCatch - This folding knuckle knife was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Both knives and brass knuckles are prohibited from being transported in carry-on bags
#TSAGoodCatch - This #bejeweled lipstick stun gun was discovered in a carry-on bag at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). All stun guns are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags or carried on your person.
#TSAGoodCatch - This inert anti-tank landmine was discovered in a checked bag at Austin (AUS). If an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays because our explosives detection professionals must respond to resolve the alarm. Even if they are novelty items, you are prohibited from bringing them on board the aircraft.
#TBT - May 2014 - This mallet was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Items such as sledgehammers and mallets are considered bludgeons and are prohibited from being packed in carry-on bags. Checked baggage is fine.
#TSAGoodCatch - This ice pick concealed inside of a cane was discovered in a traveler’s carry-on property at Newark (EWR). Concealed weapons can lead to fines and arrest.
According to the release, CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility found the marijuana while inspecting a tractor trailer truck. Using non-intrusive imagining and canines, the team was able to uncover 34,764 packages filled with 3,947 pounds of sticky icky. The release says the disguised packages were "commingling" with real key limes in the shipment.
CBP says the estimated street value of the funny limes is about $789,467, which equals about $200 a pound. Considering the incredibly low price, the weed was probably either really bad, or the 3,947 pounds also includes the packaging used to disguise the packaging.
Mashable has reached out to the CBP for clarification on the weight and street price of the seizure. The case is still being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations special agents.
This isn't the first time fake food was used to disguise a shipment of weed. In Jan. 2016, the CBP confiscated 2,493 pounds of "alleged marijuana" disguised as carrots at the same facility.
So whoever is trying to smuggle weed disguised as food through Pharr, Texas — they're onto you, man.