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Innocuous Pepper Turned Capsicum Criminal: Jalapeños Busted at the Border

A truckload of jalapeño peppers was seized in Pharr, Texas, this Thursday, according to a Customs and Border Patrol news release.

The alleged marijuana from this seizure has an estimated street value of approximately $3,162,530. CBP officers seized the narcotics and the tractor-trailer.

The peppers stand accused of attempting to smuggle more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana into the States. The dope will be kept in a secured location until the investigation has been concluded, but there is no word of what will happen to the peppers.

The jalapeños join other fruits-turned-drug-mule in failed smuggling attempts, including bell peppers and watermelon. The peppers had no previous record and were destined for guacamole and other bar snacks before they turned to a life of crime. Serrano peppers have been suspected of planting the bad seed.

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Scott Reitz
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