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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents stopped a suspicious tractor late last week transporting million-dollar watermelons.

It’s too bad it wasn’t a new, exquisite type of watermelon being transported, but marijuana disguised as watermelon instead. Fox News reports a Mexican drug cartel picked up a nifty skill in crafts class, painting packages of marijuana to look like watermelon.

The ruse probably would’ve worked if the tractor had not been stopped south of Tucson.

The watermelon trick isn’t exactly original.

And agents were suspicious of the supposed fruit in the back and used X-ray imaging to confirm that the fruits were actually leaves.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the marijuana and the tractor. The value is estimated to be in the millions, but officials are still determining the street value and total weight of the marijuana, Fox News reports. The driver of the truck is also in custody, officials told Fox News.

“These criminals use a lot of unique ways to try to conceal their narcotics,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent Bryan Flowers told Fox News. “We’ve seen individuals use false compartments in the seats and gas tanks.  We’ve also found marijuana in tractor trailers here before.”

Though law enforcement won this round in the never-ending battle against drug trafficking, University of Pittsburgh professor Michael Kenney chalks it up to what he calls “competitive adaptation” – the changes in strategy both law enforcement and drug cartels make with each drug bust and innovation in drug detection.

 

 

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stopped a suspicious tractor trailer late Thursday on Interstate 19, south of Tucson, Ariz. Inside, the driver said, was a shipment of watermelons. But when agents inspected the shipment using X-ray imaging, they discovered the purported fruit was actually packages of marijuana painted to look like watermelons.

“These criminals use a lot of unique ways to try to conceal their narcotics,” Tucson CBP Agent Bryan Flowers said. “We’ve seen individuals use false compartments in the seats and gas tanks. We’ve also found marijuana in tractor trailers here before.”

The truck had already crossed into the United States about 20 miles south, near Nogales. The trailer’s contents were discovered at a second mobile checkpoint close to Tucson.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials later took custody of the contraband and tractor trailer, estimating the value of the marijuana in the millions.

Flowers said this isn’t the first time the agency found marijuana disguised as fruit.

In April 2010, agents discovered 9,500 pounds hidden in a load of real watermelons. In June 2008 in Nogales a narcotics dog helped sniff out 5,000 pounds of pot valued at $8.3 million. DEA officials in Phoenix are still determining the street value and total weight of Thursday night’s haul.

The driver of the truck remains in custody, authorities said.

- See more at: http://bossip.com/985168/do-not-eat-mexican-drug-cartel-tried-to-smuggle-9500-pounds-of-kush-painted-to-look-like-watermelon/#sthash.GSazaD5Y.dpuf

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stopped a suspicious tractor trailer late Thursday on Interstate 19, south of Tucson, Ariz. Inside, the driver said, was a shipment of watermelons. But when agents inspected the shipment using X-ray imaging, they discovered the purported fruit was actually packages of marijuana painted to look like watermelons.

“These criminals use a lot of unique ways to try to conceal their narcotics,” Tucson CBP Agent Bryan Flowers said. “We’ve seen individuals use false compartments in the seats and gas tanks. We’ve also found marijuana in tractor trailers here before.”

The truck had already crossed into the United States about 20 miles south, near Nogales. The trailer’s contents were discovered at a second mobile checkpoint close to Tucson.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials later took custody of the contraband and tractor trailer, estimating the value of the marijuana in the millions.

Flowers said this isn’t the first time the agency found marijuana disguised as fruit.

In April 2010, agents discovered 9,500 pounds hidden in a load of real watermelons. In June 2008 in Nogales a narcotics dog helped sniff out 5,000 pounds of pot valued at $8.3 million. DEA officials in Phoenix are still determining the street value and total weight of Thursday night’s haul.

The driver of the truck remains in custody, authorities said.

- See more at: http://bossip.com/985168/do-not-eat-mexican-drug-cartel-tried-to-smuggle-9500-pounds-of-kush-painted-to-look-like-watermelon/#sthash.GSazaD5Y.dpuf

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stopped a suspicious tractor trailer late Thursday on Interstate 19, south of Tucson, Ariz. Inside, the driver said, was a shipment of watermelons. But when agents inspected the shipment using X-ray imaging, they discovered the purported fruit was actually packages of marijuana painted to look like watermelons.

“These criminals use a lot of unique ways to try to conceal their narcotics,” Tucson CBP Agent Bryan Flowers said. “We’ve seen individuals use false compartments in the seats and gas tanks. We’ve also found marijuana in tractor trailers here before.”

The truck had already crossed into the United States about 20 miles south, near Nogales. The trailer’s contents were discovered at a second mobile checkpoint close to Tucson.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials later took custody of the contraband and tractor trailer, estimating the value of the marijuana in the millions.

Flowers said this isn’t the first time the agency found marijuana disguised as fruit.

In April 2010, agents discovered 9,500 pounds hidden in a load of real watermelons. In June 2008 in Nogales a narcotics dog helped sniff out 5,000 pounds of pot valued at $8.3 million. DEA officials in Phoenix are still determining the street value and total weight of Thursday night’s haul.

The driver of the truck remains in custody, authorities said.

- See more at: http://bossip.com/985168/do-not-eat-mexican-drug-cartel-tried-to-smuggle-9500-pounds-of-kush-painted-to-look-like-watermelon/#sthash.GSazaD5Y.dpuf

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stopped a suspicious tractor trailer late Thursday on Interstate 19, south of Tucson, Ariz. Inside, the driver said, was a shipment of watermelons. But when agents inspected the shipment using X-ray imaging, they discovered the purported fruit was actually packages of marijuana painted to look like watermelons.

“These criminals use a lot of unique ways to try to conceal their narcotics,” Tucson CBP Agent Bryan Flowers said. “We’ve seen individuals use false compartments in the seats and gas tanks. We’ve also found marijuana in tractor trailers here before.”

The truck had already crossed into the United States about 20 miles south, near Nogales. The trailer’s contents were discovered at a second mobile checkpoint close to Tucson.

Drug Enforcement Administration officials later took custody of the contraband and tractor trailer, estimating the value of the marijuana in the millions.

Flowers said this isn’t the first time the agency found marijuana disguised as fruit.

In April 2010, agents discovered 9,500 pounds hidden in a load of real watermelons. In June 2008 in Nogales a narcotics dog helped sniff out 5,000 pounds of pot valued at $8.3 million. DEA officials in Phoenix are still determining the street value and total weight of Thursday night’s haul.

The driver of the truck remains in custody, authorities said.

- See more at: http://bossip.com/985168/do-not-eat-mexican-drug-cartel-tried-to-smuggle-9500-pounds-of-kush-painted-to-look-like-watermelon/#sthash.GSazaD5Y.dpuf