Texas authorities have discovered nearly 150kg of cocaine hidden in a shipment of crisps.
Two Mexican residents called Jesus Salvador Gonzalez-Mendoza and Hernan Halil Mena-Real have since been arrested and are awaiting trial.
According to the criminal complaint, suspicions were first raised by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) when they noticed a warehouse in Mission, Texas, claiming to be inhabited by the company “International Wholesales and Trade” – a company that doesn’t exist.
Somewhat awkwardly, no drugs or anything out of order were discovered when the DPS first searched the warehouse. However, second time lucky: agents were still suspicious of Gonzalez-Mendoza and Mena-Real’s behaviour, so they searched the warehouse again and found 133 bundles of cocaine.
The 146kg-worth of cocaine were found hidden amongst a lot of Mexican potato crisps, and is worth nearly £15,000. Both men involved have admitted being aware that they were assisting in the shipment of drugs.
Gonzalez-Mendoza and Mena-Real have been arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and are currently held in the San Juan city jail.