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Man Caught Hauling 2 Tons of Marijuana Through San Diego on I-5

The illicit haul had an estimated street value of $1.65 million.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Agents staffing a U.S. Border Patrol freeway checkpoint near Camp Pendleton over the weekend caught a man hauling a stash of more than two tons of marijuana in a cargo vehicle, officials reported today.

The 38-year-old U.S. citizen, whose name was not released, arrived at the San Onofre-area Interstate 5 inspection facility in a 2012 Nissan van on Saturday morning, according to USBP public affairs.

After a service dog alerted officers to the presence of contraband in the vehicle, they searched it, finding 113 bundles of cannabis hidden in the cargo area. The illicit haul weighed 2,750 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1.65 million.

Members of a federal narcotics task force took custody of the suspect, the marijuana and the vehicle.

—City News Service

Laura February 11, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Hello a ton is 2000 pounds, it was over a ton, not 2 tons
glenn bernard February 11, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Seems like his "get out of jail card" is to simply state that he was enroute to either Washington or Colorado, where, as we all know, the stuff is now legal.
glenn bernard April 03, 2014 at 02:01 PM
We will all be able to breathe easier about alcohol and marijuana after driverless vehicles become the predominant mode of surface travel.

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