Border Officers Find 384 Pounds of Weed Hidden by Tortillas


Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the border busted the old weed in the tortillas trick yesterday in Nogales.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says a 37-year-old Tucson man had 384 pounds of pot hidden among a shipment of fresh corn tortillas.

As you can see in the photos, the weed was actually hidden in a fake bottom of the milk crates holding the tortillas.

According to CBP, an officer with some suspicions brought in the drug-sniffing dog, who smelled the pot.

The nearly 384 pounds were spread out over 44 packages, according to the agency.

The Tucson man driving the van, whose name wasn't released, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

Other recent border busts include a man who tried to smuggle himself in a load of chili peppers, and another woman who tried to smuggle meth in her vagina.

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Cannabis ("Hemp") is only illegal because of government officials involvement in receiving kickbacks from international drug cartels and because they wish to continue to receive their salaries gained from the enforcement of laws criminalizing the trade of this agricultural product.Alcohol prohibition was repealed by the 21st Amendment to the Constitution in December 5, 1933.At that time, staffing of law enforcement bureaus across the country constituted a MAJOR employment factor in the US Economy with 10s of 1000s of people employed by the attempts of the various federal state and local governments to comply with the prohibition laws.

It was the decision of the law enforcement community in the US to continue the flotilla of taxpayer dollars to their members which caused the Federal Bureau of Narcotics (FBN) to join with industrialists (Hearst, Mellon and the Du Pont family, whose goal was to destroy the hemp industry - with the invention of the decorticator hemp became a very cheap substitute for the wood pulp that Hearst felt was a threat to his extensive timber holdings. Mellon was Secretary of the Treasury, as well as the wealthiest man in America, and had invested heavily in nylon, DuPont's new synthetic fiber. He considered nylon's success to depend on its replacement of the traditional resource, hemp).

There are so many benefits to the wealthy and powerful in this world from keeping hemp  illegal, it will take a massive effort on the part of the people to remove the laws which criminalize it.  It was be a big mistake to "legalize" it because that would continue the big government institutions which are presently benefiting from it being illegal.  Decriminalization is the best policy for the people - it's a non-toxic plant which needs no regulation other than those imposed on other agricultural products.

Hemp is a natural product which replaces oil as a raw material in many instances.  It is a renewable product which would make oil less necessary and reduce greenhouse gases which are causing our climate change problems. 

The majority of the US Citizenry now favors decriminalization.  It is now or never people, please get involved and get this initiative on the ballot and passed in Arizona!


How about an article providing new insight and explanations into drug smuggling in the border rather than just re-typing police blotter? How about some investigative journalism or anything original?


@ExpertShot I've read that argument with respect to the DuPonts and so forth, and I remain skeptical. The push to ban pot does seem to have begun in the Treasury Department, though. My best guess is that this was done to shore up the job securities and institutional influence of the old Prohibition Department after the demise of alcohol prohibition.

You're dead to rights with the cash generated by the status quo, though. There are many people making bank from this situation, and most of them aren't drug dealers.

 I don't know if it's still true, but the DEA recently proudly traced its origins back to the Department of Prohibition. They had a portion of their web site devoted to fallen narcs, and the first one was an alcohol prohibition agent. That's no coincidence.


@naoimi1 yes Naomi,get yer lazy kester of the keyboard and do some investigative journalism!

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@jeanjb "this the only voice not owned by political party's"

BULL TO THE SHITE! Village Voice Media is a left leaning privately held company that allows Phoenix New Times and its other rags to attack the right.  There is no balance with the rags as the corruption and racism is equally prevalent in the left political spectrum as well.  People seem to forget the Democrats were pro-slavery.  The Republican party was created to combat slavery and many other ideologies.  Both parties are now for the destruction materialism and imposition of the population. 


@ExpertShot Jesus Christ was not even a real person. Jesus Christ is a name made up by Romans lol,  You will have to do better than that slave.  Anyway, jeanjb wanted to act like this was a legit news source, its a copy and paste news source.  If you really read the stories of this so-called Jesus Christ, he is not depicted as a lef or right leaning individual.  There's three sides to every story and one is the truth.  The truth about you is you are a crazy.

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