A drug smuggler's plans to make money sneaking marijuana into the United States went up in smoke after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials discovered 310 pounds of pot hidden among frozen carrots.
The officers weeded out the weed Wednesday after the suspect, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Maywood, Calif., drove a 2005 Bobtail truck from Baja California into the Otay Mesa cargo facility near San Diego, NBCSanDiego.com reported.
When officials inspected the truck, they discovered 42 packages of pot hidden in the boxes of carrots that had an estimated street value of $500,000, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The driver, whose name has not been released, is facing federal charges for the attempted illegal smuggling of marijuana.
He was booked into federal prison until his arraignment, Fox5SanDiego.com reported.