If you were to pinpoint a hotspot of innovation and creativity in the world, odds are you'd select someplace like Silicon Valley or maybe New York City or Hong Kong. You probably wouldn't pick the border that the United States shares with Mexico. But that's where you might be wrong.

You see, drug smugglers are becoming increasingly creative and careful in their efforts to smuggle highly lucrative drugs across the border into the United States. With millions of dollars on the line, they've come up with some pretty 'hare-brained' schemes.

One of these schemes recently involved a large load of fresh carrots being transported across the border at the Pharr-Reynosa bridge into the U.S.


The innovative drug smugglers had wrapped over 2,000 packages of marijuana in tight orange plastic cones designed to look almost exactly like carrots to the untrained eye. These carrot-shaped packages of marijuana were then scattered among the real carrots to blend in.

Over a ton of marijuana was in the load and it's approximate worth was half a million dollars.

Luckily, though, the border agents at the Pharr-Reynosa bridge aren't stupid. They've actually seen this ploy before.

Border agents used an imaging scan to determine that there was something interesting about the load of carrots and they then called in the sniffer dogs. The rest, unfortunately for these would-be innovators, was history.

Efrain Solis Jr., the port director whose group apprehended the drugs recognized the creativity of the drug cartels but acknowledged his officer's ability to rise to any occasion. "Our officers are always ready to meet those challenges and remain vigilant towards any type of illicit activities," Solis said.

Drugs have been apprehended moonlighting as vegetables before. In early December border agents seized a huge load of drugs that were made to look like carrots and cucumbers, and other drugs have been hidden inside tomatoes.

It makes for a funny story, but thankfully the border agents are on top of things down there.

h/t: New York Daily News

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