$430K of pot discovered in cardboard shipment

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Wrapped packages of marijuana found in cardboard shipments (US Customs and Border Protection)

SAN DIEGO — Nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana was found inside a shipment of scrap corrugated cardboard at the Otay Mesa cargo facility, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Tuesday.

A CBP officer inspecting a 1999 Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer containing the cardboard flagged the rig for a more in-depth examination about 1 p.m. Monday, the federal agency reported.

13079 — Bundle of scrap corrugated cardboard with marijuana packages within

Cardboard shipments (US Customs and Border Protection)

A drug-sniffing dog tipped off officers to more than 300 packages of marijuana with an estimated street value of $430,000 stashed in the center of the bundles of cardboard, according to CBP officials.

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The tractor-trailer’s driver, a 29-year-old Mexican national whose name was withheld, was turned over to Mexican authorities after CBP officials canceled his entry documents, CPB spokeswoman Angelica De Cima said.

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