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November 27, 2005
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Two arrested in Texas marijuana beach bust

The Associated Press

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas- Two men accused of piloting a boat filled with 900 pounds of marijuana to a remote beach and burying the drugs in a sand dune were behind bars Friday.

Pasqual Mejia-Ferto, 45, and Ernesto Martinez Guzman, 26, were caught Thursday after an investigator found tracks in the sand where bags of marijuana had been dragged across the beach near Padre Island National Seashore, according to the Nueces County Sheriff's Department.

The men face federal charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. No bond was set because they were believed to be undocumented immigrants.

The seized marijuana has a street value of $1.2 million, authorities said.

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