Are those really cans of jalapeno peppers?

March 21, 2008 5:10:01 AM PDT
Federal agents had their suspicions when a high school student strolled into the U.S. border crossing in El Paso, Texas, carrying six large cans of vegetables.

X-rays of one can confirmed their suspicions: the industrial-size containers of hominy and jalapeno peppers actually were stuffed with 25 pounds of marijuana.

The 17-year-old, a U.S. citizen who lives in Juarez, Mexico, claimed she was just bringing in some food. She's being held at the El Paso County Sheriff's Department.

The acting director of the El Paso border crossing says this case shows the lengths organizations will go to smuggle contraband into the U.S.


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