U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers along the Texas-Mexico border suspected a bunch of pickles weren’t necessarily what they seemed, acting quickly to seize more than $4.34 million worth of suspected methamphetamine.
Or “funky pickles,” according to a Tweet from CBP South Texas, which included a photo of the drugs.
Officials at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility inspected a tractor-trailer carrying a commercial shipment of fresh cucumber pickles and, through an imaging procedure, found the alleged rolling meth house.
The April 17 seizure – which included the tractor-trailer — netted 114 plastic-wrapped packages weighing 217 pounds hidden among the pickles, officials said.
“This substantial quantity of hard narcotics will not make its final destination in the United States,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said.
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating.
“This interdiction reinforces our officers’ role in advancing CBP’s border security mission by preventing dangerous drugs from entering and negatively impacting our communities,” Rodriguez said.
The case is being investigated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The attempted pickle caper isn’t the first involving food and meth smuggling.
The New York Post reminded readers of “El Chapo” Guzman’s 2018 trial, when it was unveiled how the drug kingpin planned to smuggle narcotics stuffed into jalapenos across the Mexico-US border.
Earlier this month, the Transportation Security Agency dug into a breakfast burrito in Houston.
The TSA found meth creatively hidden in the burrito at William P. Hobby Airport. The screening agent, with all due diligence, raised suspicion when an unidentifiable lump in the burrito was questioned as it was being brought through security by a traveler, according to a press release by the agency.