Smugglers use 'creativity' in disguising marijuana as carrots

Almost 3000 of the fake carrots were mixed in with the real ones (Supplied)
Almost 3000 of the fake carrots were mixed in with the real ones (Supplied)

Drug smugglers often try ingenious methods to ship their goods, but US officials found one particular method of shipping marijuana from Mexico that was even more bizarre than usual.

Border officials seized more than a tonne of marijuana stuffed into fake carrots and mixed in with a commercial shipment of real ones coming across the US-Mexico border.

The truck came across the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge along the Texan border with Mexico, near the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday (local time).

Port director Efrain Solis Jr even noted their novel method of trying to get the marijuana into the US.

"Once again, drug smuggling organisations have demonstrated their creativity in attempting to smuggle large quantities of narcotics across the US-Mexico border," he said in a statement.

The imaging inspection system flagged the vehicle for a more in-depth, where agents then found the drugs and the smell led to the driver's arrest.

The 3000 orange, carrot-shaped packages were enough to fill the back of two pick-up trucks and had an estimated value of US$500,000.

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