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CBP officers allegedly found hundreds of pounds of marijuana within a shipment of fresh broccoli on March 22, 2016. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

More than 700 pounds of alleged marijuana was seized recently after being found in boxes of fresh broccoli that were being shipped into the U.S. from Mexico, authorities said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made the discovery last Tuesday after encountering a tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of broccoli at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Texas, according to a news release from the agency.

More than 650 packages of marijuana were allegedly found during a secondary inspection that included the use of non-intrusive imaging technology and a canine team, the release stated.

The drugs weighed approximately 766 pounds and were worth $153,000, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They were allegedly mixed in with the produce.

Customs officers seized the marijuana, along with the tractor-trailer, authorities said.