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Customs officers in San Diego seized more than a ton of pot -- 2,330 pounds, to be exact -- that was mixed in with a shipment of hot sauce coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

Border patrol agents discovered some hot and spicy contraband last Friday when they came across a tractor trailer filled with hot sauce and marijuana, reports CBS Los Angeles.

The weed, valued at $1.4 million, was discovered at the Otay Mesa cargo facility near San Diego, according to KTLA.

Suspecting that something was amiss, custom officials ran the vehicle through the port’s x-ray system and found “inconsistencies in the cargo,” notes Fox News. After unloading the entire shipment, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found 2,330 pounds of pot hidden amongst hot sauce bottles — a little over one ton of the drug.

Smuggling marijuana with hot sauce sounds like a stoner’s dream (just add a burrito and that’s a pretty good Friday evening), but it doesn’t even come close to some of the weirdest ways to traffic drugs across the border. The List Cafe discusses 10 “creative” ways to smuggle narcotics; real life examples include hiding cocaine under your foreskin and in the stomachs of live boa constrictors. Another listicle from Top10Kid.com features sad examples of surgically implanted drugs in puppies and people, as well as “heroin-covered cocaine.” Read these cautionary tales and alternate between marveling at drug traffickers‘ daring and stupidity.

Covering her face with her long dark hair to avoid television cameras, a Southern California woman accused of cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it into a garbage disposal appeared in an Orange County courtroom Wednesday.

In her first court appearance, Catherine Kieu Becker mumbled her response to the judge when asked if she understood she was due back in court for arraignment on July 22.

An initial police investigation alleges that Becker put a drug or poison in her husband’s dinner Monday evening to make him sleepy.

“The victim went to lie down and he woke up tied to the bed with his wife tugging his clothes off,” police said. “The suspect grabbed the victim’s penis and cut it off.”

Becker, 48, is charged with felony counts of torture and aggravated mayhem in the attack.

“The charges we have filed are some the most serious charges we could file short of someone being dead,” said Susan Kang Schroeder with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Becker also could face additional charges.

“We’re looking at toxicology reports,” Schroeder told CNN affiliate KTLA. “They have not come in yet and we don’t have the evidence at this point to charge her with the poisoning.”

Becker is being held in the Orange County Jail.

Becker told police he “deserved it” when they arrived at the scene after she called 911, the police report said. The couple is going through a divorce.

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