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Latino Daily News

Friday January 7, 2011

All in A Day’s Work: $1 Million Worth of Marijuana Seized at U.S.-Mexico Border

In two separate incidents, U.S. Border Patrol agents seized an estimated 1,176 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1 million dollars.

At approximately 9 p.m., yesterday three individuals were observed loading three large bundles into the back of a pickup truck near the Calexico East Port of Entry. The three individuals then attempted to return to Mexico before being apprehended by nearby Border Patrol agents.

The driver of the pickup was later questioned while parked at a nearby gas station. A consensual search of the vehicle yielded approximately 221 pounds of marijuana. The driver was arrested and transported to the Calexico Border Patrol Station along with the other three suspects.

The second incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m., while a canine team was conducting a routine inspection of a railroad yard near downtown Calexico. A canine alert resulted in the discovery of several small packages hidden in the undercarriage of a tanker car. Further examination of the packages yielded 955 pounds of marijuana.

Suspects and marijuana for both incidents were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.