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Wishful Thinking: Creative Yet Ill-Fated Attempts To Smuggle Cannabis

With legalization movements gaining steam in Canada, America and Mexico, the days of ridiculous attempts to smuggle cannabis will hopefully be over. Once we have legit marijuana retailers throughout North America, customs officials can focus on more important things than idiotic - yet creative - attempts to smuggle cannabis.

Here's a look back at some of the more ridiculous attempts to sneak marijuana into America.

1. Coconuts

On May 9 of this year, border officials at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Texas found 1,400 pounds of marijuana crammed into hollow coconuts. And it's not the first time smugglers have tried using coconuts before. Nor is it the first time smugglers were busted with coconuts at that border crossing. Maybe smugglers should use those coconuts to make legal piña coladas instead.

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2. Carrots

In January 2016, officers at that same border crossing along the the U.S.-Mexican border busted a truckload of cannabis camouflaged with carrots. Smugglers wrapped 2,493 pounds of marijuana (valued at $499,000) in orange plastic in hopes of fooling border guards. But the facility's imaging-inspection system saw through the ruse.

3. Tomatoes

Officers at the Pharr International Bridge really need to be commended for their hard work. They make their third appearance on our list thanks to a December 2015 bust in which officials discovered approximately $500,000 worth of marijuana hidden within fresh tomatoes. Little did the smugglers know that canine units are trained using tomatoes.

4. Foosball table

Produce isn't the only thing smugglers have tried to stash cannabis inside. In February of this year, officers at New York's Lewiston Bridge discovered 55 pounds of cannabis tucked inside a foosball table.

5. A wishing well

Smugglers trying to sneak 123 pounds by border guards in Arizona took wishful thinking literally by stashing their supply in a wishing well.

h/t News Channel 9


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