When the wild-eyed underworld of drug smuggling is your business, one of the most important characteristics an individual can possess is the ability to employ the gentle art of due-diligence. Without it, one runs the risk of jeopardizing the entire operation by say, hiring an undercover narcotics agent to drive a truck load of marijuana across the freaking border.

Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to a careless bunch of Laredo-based illegal weed slingers earlier last week -- they screwed the pooch by hiring a cop to be their mule.

According to reports, investigators with Homeland Security caught wind that a group of drug traffickers from Laredo was searching for a courier with a commercial driver’s license to transport a shipment of marijuana to either Houston or Dallas. It was through a rat-faced informant that the department was able to get word to the traffickers about one of their undercover officers taking the job… and they took the bait.

Several days later, the undercover agent disguised as a working-class hero met with Victor Manuel Gonzalez and Benito Gonzalez, who led him to a nearby storage yard located directly across from local offices for the FBI, DEA and Border Patrol. The men agreed to pay the agent $50,000 to transport 1,000 pounds of marijuana eight hours to Dallas, giving him $1,700 up front to cover expenses.

When the shipment arrived at a Flying J truck stop later in the week, Victor and Benito Gonzalez were waiting to exchange the felonious load for $49,820 in cash they had stored in their Chevrolet Suburban.

Of course, Homeland Security was waiting close by to witness the men pay the undercover, swooping in shortly thereafter to seize the weed and take the men to jail.

We certainly hope these guys are better at hiring legal council.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.