The Chicagoland area will now have less avocados with which to make guacamole after a large shipment of avocado pulp was found to have approximately 2,100 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside it.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has the details of the bust:
A narcotics K9 called to the scene detected drugs inside the pallets. The Street Crime Suppression Unit notified the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The McCook Police Department also was called to assist.
Investigators searched 1,512 boxes and each box contained several packages of frozen avocado pulp. Flat bricks of marijuana were found, covered in avocado pulp in some packages, while other packages did not contain any drugs.
Authorities estimated that the seized haul is worth lots of money (around $10 million). While an investigation is ongoing, we’ll speculate that perhaps the shipment was arranged by Mexican drug cartels intending to get weed into the country. The cartels—most notably Michoacán’s Caballeros Templarios—have noticed the fruit’s profitability soar in recent years, spreading their influence to also extort the region’s avocado farmers.
So why Chicago? The Chicagoland area is not only home to the largest Mexican-American community outside Los Angeles but also a major trafficking route for Mexican gangs. The Sinaloa Cartel controls 80% of the area’s drug trade, but it’s not inconceivable that a smaller cartel could’ve also tried to make the shipment.
In any case, there is one thing everyone can agree on right now: what a waste of perfectly good avocados.