Thursday, July 23, 2020

Nearly 4 tons of marijuana concealed in ketchup containers seized in South Texas

"MX" for Borderland Beat
Ketchup packages containing marijuana
Mexican drug cartels are often trying to get creative when smuggling drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border. But the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency outsmarted them this time at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge on Tuesday.

CBP sniffing dogs discovered 7,645 lbs (3,467 kg) of marijuana – nearly four tons – concealed in a large commercial shipment of ketchup arriving from Mexico. The pot was hidden inside 968 packages. Authorities said the marijuana had a street value of more than US$1.5 million.

"While drug smuggling organizations try to be creative in finding ways to conceal their illicit merchandise, CBP officers continue to effectively apply inspection skills and technology to prevent narcotics from crossing our borders," said Port Director Carlos Rodriguez, Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas.

Ketchup is now on the list of the most bizarre methods drug cartels have used to hide drugs they cross through the border. Among others we have seen in the past include breast implants, frozen sharks, stuffed animals, fake carrots and real jalapeños.

According to the CBP's website, condiments like ketchup are generally admissible without having to declare it at the border just as long as it does not contain meat products.

Investigators confirmed that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is continuing the rest of the investigation. 

Sources: KHOU; News4SA; CBPCBP Help

27 comments:

  1. Pass the ketchup please.

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  2. Big bust good job thank you for your service lol

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    1. Wow. Marihuana is sold legally in many states. What damage does marijuana cause? Lot less than legal alcohol

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    2. 9:01 shouldn't they be going after more than marijuana? I would say bad job bc they didn't find the meth, coke or fentanyl that got by. Instead making a big deal over something legal in quite a few states and the amount is growing each year.

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    3. @12:29 and @1:45 it was a joke

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  3. I cant't believe that the cartels are able to still move this garbage. It's like smoking air but with seeds in it.

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    1. They be sacrificing that shit only coke shipments ever really get busted is by the coast guard the lil border patrols get the weed lol

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    2. That’s that flat as a pancake brown nasty shit from Michoacán

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    3. These mexi packs still move, not everyone has money to smoke exotics. The price difference is huge. Also since these packs are cheaper people buy them to make wax etc.

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    4. Its dirt cheap that's why

      Some people still smoke $40 ozs

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  4. While this was being turned over to get busted 20-30 mil in coke,heroin or fentanyl was being crossed behind it

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  5. Are you lagging behind"
    always tired and find your self lacking
    Eat a Tomato and Kecth Up

    lol sorry had to do that
    peace

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  6. Lol this gives me a chuckle they still busting marijuana shipments

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  7. More like a street value of $3.67 it was just so the semi carrying $100 million passes

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    1. I see you seldom if ever cross the border. In real life, when a bust occurs alarms ring throughout the garita. Inspection levels immediately go to level 3. You assume CBP is stupid. You assume wrong. SPECIAL Agents, appear
      Dogs appear. Trunks open, mirrors pass under autos. And a 1 hour wait becomes three hours.

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  8. Nobody ever accused smokers and donors of blood soaked Mexican mota intelligent. 95% of California smokers were found to scorn legal weed and send their money to killers of children in Mexico. Neat huh?

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  9. How stupid does one have to be to think that a van load of ketchup from Mexico wouldn't be sent to secondary at inspection? Mexico, the land of exquisite ketchup...said no one ever. Dumbasses. Try salsa, tequila, something Mexico is known for, next time.

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    1. Perhaps it was so obvious so it could be used as a decoy??

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    2. You never know might of worked the first time

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  10. Don't look like ketchup... What size of ketchup containers where they?

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  11. Frozen sharks? The cuinis did that and lobo valencia ratted them out for that!

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  12. Good riddance. There is plenty of great weed up here we don't need Mexican bunk.

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  13. The vehicle behind was probably packed full or heroin or meth.

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