$2.1M in pot found in bus

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SAN YSIDRO, Calif. — Border officers found more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana hidden in a commercial bus, officials said Friday.

The 2000 Mercedes Benz bus tried to cross the border at about 5 a.m. Thursday in the bus lane at the San Ysidro port of entry, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Agents searched the bus with a dog, which alerted to the floor board area of the bus.

CPB officers found 347 plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana in secret compartments in the undercarriage over the rear and front tires, officials said. The drugs weighed 1,413 pounds with an estimated street value of $2.1 million.

CPB agents seized the bus and drugs and arrested the driver, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen.


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