Police Donate 25 Pounds of Weed to Prisoners in Fruit Crate
Prisoners at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Segovia Unit were in for a treat when they received a donated fruit crate from the Edinburg Police Department. Among a variety of fruits prisoners came across 25 pounds of weed, marijuana, cannabis, or whatever the kids call it these days, when they unpacked the crate in the facility's kitchen on last week. The fruit was apparently from a seized produce truck carrying more than half a ton of marijuana according to Police Chief Quirino Muñoz.
Prisoners -- several of whom unloaded the produce from the prison delivery truck -- were strip-searched to make sure they had not taken any of the drugs, TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark said. No contraband was found outside of the produce crates.
Hiding drugs amidst heaps of produce or other foodstuffs is a common technique implemented by smugglers to sneak illegal substances across the border but under govenment health agency mandate the contaminated food is often donated to food banks or prisons in lieu of being distributed to the general public.
Covering for his department, Police Chief Quirino Muñoz said, “We always inspect those donations before they are delivered, I guess these drugs were inadvertently missed by the officers and our drug dogs.”