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U.S. Border Patrol agents earlier this week seized nearly a ton of marijuana from two vehicles that were apparently heading south toward the Mexican border.

Around 12:30 Sunday morning October 13, camera operators scanning the border notified Border Patrol agents of two vehicles traveling north across the border in the Ocotillo desert near the eastern base of the Laguna Mountains that separate San Diego County from the Imperial Valley to the east.

By the time deputies arrived, a green Jeep Cherokee and white Toyota 4runner were headed back south toward where they had initially crossed. Both vehicles stopped near the border and three men fled on foot, trying to evade agents.

One man, a 40-year-old Mexican national found to be illegally present in the country, was captured. Upon searching the vehicles, agents recovered 79 bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 1881 pounds and with an estimated street value of $1.5 million. The vehicle and pot were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Due to the federal government shutdown, official reporting on enforcement activities had been suspended. The Border Patrol and other agencies, now back to work with full staffing, are working to catch up on a backlog of activity reports.

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Visduh Oct. 18, 2013 @ 7:28 p.m.

Or maybe this was pot grown in Humboldt County headed to the border to be smuggled into Mexico. Could the tables be turning? That Mexicans are now hooked on the evil weed, and willing to pay for the superior quality of the product grown in Northern California? Stranger things have happened.


Javajoe25 Oct. 18, 2013 @ 10:02 p.m.

That's what I thought at first, Visduh. But the article actually says they crossed going north and then turned and headed south. I guess it was a case of cold feet. But it will not surprise me if some of the southern markets start requesting that Humbolt Primo.


John Kitchin Oct. 19, 2013 @ 8:59 p.m.

When people are high on dope, what do they care what it is, or do they even know?


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