San Ysidro, CA – An anonymous tip led U.S. Border Patrol agents to an unbelievable discovery inside of a car tire this week. As soon as agents moved the San Diego-bound car into secondary inspection, Police dogs smelled something suspicious in the tires. Border patrol agents removed a tire and cut it open. To their surprise, they did not discover a tire stuffed full of methamphetamine or heroin. Instead, they found a tire filled with 6 kilos of Mexican Jumping Beans! No sooner had the agents sliced open the kilos, did the beans begin jumping all over the place, as the police dogs went wild chasing after the runaway beans. “All that heat inside the truck tires must’ve got these beans all worked up,” said one agent. The cleanup effort took several hours as the erratic beans bounced far and wide. But once U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents finally contained the beans, officials say they exterminated them, citing contamination concerns. While Mexican Jumping Beans are not illegal in the United States, officials say that they treat them like any other agriculture item. They must be declared and are subject to inspection by a CBP Agriculture Specialist to ensure they are free of plant pests and foreign animal diseases. Sources say that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intend on issuing a civil penalty to the driver for failure to declare the beans.
Could tire dressing have sealed the beans?
Experts speculate that smugglers are now using tire dressing to mask the scent of contraband inside their tires. One former smuggler recently claimed that he used a product called Ultima Tire & Trim Guard plus
. In an interview from prison, he explained how the dressing not only protected the rubber for months, but locked in the shine. “Border patrol agents never suspected a thing” he said, “because my wheels always looked to great.”