Indiana Police Find $1M Worth of Marijuana Hidden Inside Packets of Lettuce
INDIANA — August 13, 2018
State troopers offered details about the incident in a new release.
“This morning at 7:32, a tractor-trailer traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 was stopped for a routine commercial vehicle inspection near the 41–mile marker,” they shared.
According to the police report, police inspected a Indiana tractor-trailer which was traveling eastbound on Interstate 70 around 7:30 a.m., and found packages of marijuana hidden among a shipment of lettuce.
The report noted that the street value of the marijuana found is estimated at around $1 million.
The driver and co-driver, men from Florida, were both taken into custody, where both men were preliminary charged with dealing marijuana.
They were identified as Jorge Blanco-Diaz, 33, and Adan Labanino Delacruz, 40. Bond was set at $10,005 for each suspect. The incident, however, is still under investigation.
There's somewhat more nuance to this case than has been presented. In particular, state police also said a trooper spotted 'several criminal indicators' when the search was going on.
“A search of the trailer yielded 260 pounds of hydroponic marijuana concealed within the legitimate load of fresh lettuce,” the report noted.
Two days earlier an 81-old woman was busted after attempting to smuggle 92 pounds of heroin — valued at more than $870,000 — across the U.S.–Mexico border near San Diego. She was found with 34 wrapped packages of heroin.
San Diego Customs and Border Protection Director of Field Operations Pete Flores said in a statement drug "cartels will try and manipulate anyone to smuggle their narcotics through the ports of entry."
“CBP officers are aware of the many tactics used by the cartels and remain ever vigilant to stop anyone attempting to smuggle narcotics,” he added.