115 lbs of Jazz Cabbage Hidden in Band Instruments in Houston


HOUSTON, TX — It was a symphony of suspicion that led Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to hit the high notes of discovery in an outbound cargo shipment that sounded more like a rock concert than a drumline headed for London.

Dubbed as "Skids of Drums," this musical mystery had CBP officers, narcotics detector canines, and an X-ray scanner tuning into something off-key. Their finely tuned investigation revealed more than just a rhythmic arrangement – a staggering 52.2 kilograms of marijuana, equivalent to a whopping 115 pounds, popped out from within the innocent-looking 9-drum ensemble.

Imagine the surprise of finding 101 bundles of the not-so-harmonious "greens" tucked snugly inside the drums. But wait, the concert lineup didn’t stop there! The bundles themselves strutted their stuff, parading names like "MOOCHIE RUNTZ," "PBG," "ZEKEAL," "GELATO," and "BLUE SKITTLES." Seems like the playlist was definitely more 420-friendly than anticipated.

In a crescendo of success against illegal activities, Steven Scofield, Acting Port Director for the Houston CBP Office of Field Operations, chimed in with, “CBP’s eagle-eyed diligence doesn't just hit the high notes; it drops the curtain on illegal operations, keeping dangerous marijuana off the streets and hitting the mute button on the revenue for these smuggling syndicates.”

He added, “We're committed to taking a giant drumstick to criminal networks, even if they hide behind pretend corporate gigs, in harmony with our law enforcement partners, making our neighborhoods safer and sounder.”

CBP forwarded this sensational case to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), ensuring this “music festival” comes to an abrupt end.

While marijuana might have fans in some circles, legally, it’s in the limelight as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act. Studies warn that its effect on perception and coordination can turn even the best solo into a cacophony of impairment. Long-term jamming with this stuff might lead to physical dependence, withdrawal, and even psychological addiction. Clinical studies add a somber note, highlighting the discordant physiological, psychological, and behavioral effects of marijuana abuse.

In conclusion, it seems this shipment was drumming up a different kind of buzz than expected. Hats off to CBP for conducting this symphony of success in disrupting a clandestine drug smuggling operation.

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