Two tons of marijuana was found in lime-shaped packages by Office of Field Operations at the Pharr International Bridge. (Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

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Texas customs discovers nearly two tons of marijuana in thousands of fake limes

PHARR, Texas — Officers at a South Texas border crossing have seized nearly two tons of marijuana found inside thousands of green lime-shaped bundles hidden in a load of real citrus.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the fake fruit was intercepted in a commercial truckload of key limes at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility.

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An agency statement Tuesday said the seizure happened Jan. 30 as the limes faced additional inspection. Officers confiscated nearly 35,000 packages containing marijuana worth almost $790,000.

The case remains under investigation by Homeland Security.