Photo: Marijuana hidden in Jalapeño Cargo
A load of jalapeño peppers held a significant surprise for U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Falfurrias checkpoint, who seized more than 3,700 pounds of marijuana hidden inside it.
The incident occurred Monday evening after the driver of a tractor-trailer attempted to travel undetected through the Falfurrias checkpoint with a suspected load of marijuana.
A canine team, working with the primary officer, alerted to the presence of illicit contraband. In the trailer, agents found more than $3 million worth of marijuana concealed in a load of jalapeño peppers.
The tractor-trailer, narcotics and one arrested individual were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
In the past thirty days, agents from the Rio Grande Valley Sector have seized close to 115,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of nearly $92 million.