Jalapeños? Canned goods turn out to be marijuana
Associated Press
Feb. 7, 2006 07:20 AM

SASABE, Ariz. - It's green, leafy and in a can. But it's not spinach. Federal authorities seized 34 pounds of marijuana that had been stuffed inside cans of jalapeños and tomatoes bound for America from Mexico.

Customs and Border Protection officers said they decided to open one of the cans because it looked and felt unusual. They found a package of marijuana inside and began to open the other cans.

"For a while, that can is going to take the cake," said Brian Levin, an agency spokesman. "This was one of the more elaborate attempts - it required creativity."

The 18-year-old driver of the haul was arrested.

Smugglers have come up with many tricks to hide their drugs over the years, Levin said. Officers have found marijuana mixed in with cucumbers, drugs hidden in baby diapers and hidden in car tires, gas tanks or inside dashboards.
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