$940K of pot found inside fabric softener boxes

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Marijuana packages comingled with bottles of fabric softener. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

SAN DIEGO — 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 Wednesday.

A 43-year-old Mexican man entered a cargo facility at Otay Mesa Port of Entry around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday 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.

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A 28-year-old U.S. citizen, drove into San Ysidro Port of Entry in a 2009 Toyota Corolla about 5 a.m. that morning, 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.


Fabric softener shipment had marijuana packages inside. ((U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego. Their names were withheld.


  • Monoxide

    Meanwhile people are dying a horrible death from cigarettes and drunks will kill innocent people on our roads and highways some more.

    Good job for finding the pot though, kudos to you.


    If our government would Just Quit sustaining a market place for that Smuggled Dirt Weed by keeping people from just buying or growing a much better quality product Locally, that US Citizens shall consume anyway there would be No market for it.

    The War Lords & Drug Cartels need Prohibition to support their economy or the cash flow Stops

    In fact it likely would be Exported instead bringing Money to rather that out of the US/Calif/SD economy

    Wasting all the resource on Pot Prohibition is a dumber idea than what Pot Smokers can comprehend – Makes ya wonder !!

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