The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is congratulating federal officials along the U.S.-Mexico border in Otay Mesa, California, for seizing a large amount of marijuana smuggled in a shipment of jalapeño peppers.
The officers found 7,560 pounds of marijuana in a shipment of jalapeño peppers, according to Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan.
"Very proud of our CBP officers in Otay Mesa," said Morgan as he shared a photo of the seizure on Twitter.
Even though voters in California legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, the sale of illegal marijuana is still rampant throughout the state.
Last month, NBC 7 shared a recent report suggesting an underground economy is cutting into the profits of legal businesses.
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New Frontier Data, a Denver-based company that studies cannabis trends, estimates there are $70 billion in illegal sales nationally — seven times the size of the legal market.
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