Federal agents seize more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana in one day
Federal agents at border stations in southern San
Diego seized more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles from would-be
smugglers over a roughly seven-hour period, authorities said on Wednesday.
A 28-year-old U.S. citizen, drove into San Ysidro Port of Entry in a
2009 Toyota Corolla about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Customs and Border
Protection officials. In the trunk of the car, agents found 437 pounds of pot
valued at nearly $20,000 on the street.
Late the same morning, a 43-year-old Mexican man entered a cargo
facility at Otay Mesa Port of Entry in a tractor-trailer. During a search of
the big rig, agents discovered 2,090 pounds of marijuana wrapped in 124 bundles
and mixed in with a shipment of liquid fabric softener. The pot would have
brought in more that $940,000, authorities said.
Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Metropolitan
Correctional Center in downtown San Diego. Their names were withheld.