$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.

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