Swimming Smuggler (And More Mexican Pot Madness) Invades SoCal!

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Jay Brockman
U.S. Border Patrol agents intercepted a Mexican national who was attempting to swim to California with a big sack of cartel weed. The capture occurred late on Thursday, Sept. 19, but wasn't made public until Sept. 24, when authorities issued a press release on the incident.

Agents were apparently conducting boat operations at 11 p.m. when they spotted a man floating on something about 1 mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border and approximately 600 yards offshore. "When agents questioned the man regarding his citizenship, he stated that he was a Mexican national and did not have documents to be in the U.S.," the press release states. "The 55-year-old man was arrested and taken to a nearby Border Patrol station for processing. A search of the man's duffle bag revealed seven bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 52.43 pounds and had an estimated street value of $23,594."

Just a few days later, at about 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 25, agents made another bust, this time on Interstate 15. According to the Border Patrol, this man was also a "Mexican national," and he was driving erratically. After searching the vehicle, authorities found $43,000 in cash in a box hidden in a floor panel.

A few hours after that, at 4:30 p.m., the Border Patrol intercepted yet another Mexican dude, this time as he attempted to drive north through the checkpoint at San Clemente. The 41-year-old driver was allegedly displaying suspicious behavior, so they diverted him for a secondary inspection. After a dog sniffed the rig and showed interest, a search turned up "two black garbage bags filled with bundles of marijuana. The 24 bundles weighed 86.42 pounds and had an estimated street value of $69,136."

According to the Border Patrol, "the man and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation" and the "vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol."

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paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

If the US would end prohibition of cannabis, these two seizures would have been cocaine or meth or heroine. In addition, the US economy would be bolstered by the taxing and regulating of cannabis. 60% of the Cartels income is derived from the illegal importation of cannabis into the USA, over a campaign of racism that claimed that cannabis made Latinos and African Americans become violent and rape white women when they smoke cannabis. Its inefficient and wrongheaded. It needs to end.

markmollner
markmollner

Mexi dirt weed is going for $450 a lb ? $23,59/52.43...

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