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Border Patrol finds more than 3K pounds of marijuana in broccoli shipment

The entire shipment: broccoli, marijuana and the tractor-trailer it came were all seized.
Credit: US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL

PHARR, Texas — It wasn't the kind of produce U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents were expecting to find at a cargo facility in Texas. 

Hidden inside a shipment of broccoli, they found about 3,159 pounds of marijuana, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

“This is a substantial amount of narcotics that will not make it into our communities,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez said.

The pot was stuffed into 378 packages and valued at about $632,000. The shipment of broccoli -- and the tractor-trailer it came in -- were also seized.

Agents said it came from Mexico. 

Homeland Security said it will continue to investigate. 

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