Earlier this week, officers with Customs and Border Protection in Pharr, Texas happened upon a commercial shipment from Mexico of over 2,000 coconuts. Sensing that something was awry, authorities used "non-intrusive imaging inspection" and drug-sniffing canines to discover that the coconuts had actually been hollowed out and stuffed with nearly 1,500 lbs of marijuana.
"Smugglers put marijuana in the coconut instead of the lime," the agency wrote on Twitter, stealing every tabloid's headline in the process. "CPB officers seized 1,432 pounds of it."
According to a press release put out by the CPB on Thursday, the stash of tropically packaged sticky-icky is worth roughly $285,000.
“Our officers’ ability to use all available resources combined with their experience has resulted in numerous discoveries of illegal narcotics," port director Efrain Solis Jr., Hidalgo said in a statement. "We are keeping drugs off our streets, protecting our communities and our vigilance is continuous."
Still, this isn't the first time smugglers have used food products to try and sneak drugs into the country. Just last week, two men from Brooklyn took a page out of Ghostface's book and were caught packing 20 kilos of fish scale into a shipment of, well, fish.
In light of recent events, here's a message for all the drug smugglers out there: The next time you want sneak some weight into the country, it might make sense to think of a method other than foodstuffs.