02/03/2010

Calif. cops seize nearly a ton of pot near border

Pot was stashed in a shipment of bananas

The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have seized nearly a ton of marijuana hidden in a banana shipment at a cargo facility near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Officials say a drug-sniffing dog alerted officers to the stash Monday when the Mexican truck driver applied to cross into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.

Officers say they opened the boxes in the truck and found 235 packages of pot worth an estimated $1.1 million.

The driver was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and is being held at a downtown San Diego jail.

Last week, officers found 315 packages of marijuana in a shipment of peppers and green beans.

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