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Surfer accused of trying to smuggle pot into U.S.

June 8, 2009 |  5:48 pm

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A 30-year-old Mexican national was arrested while trying to smuggle 24 pounds of marijuana ashore on his surfboard, the U.S. Border Patrol said.

The suspect was spotted Sunday morning paddling north about 200 yards off the coast of Imperial Beach, near the Mexican border.

When agents ordered the surfer to come ashore, he threw a blue duffel bag into the water, the Border Patrol said. Agents went into the water to make the arrest.

The duffel bag later washed ashore, with five packages of marijuana worth about $74,400, agents said. The suspect, whose name was not released, admitted he was in the U.S. illegally.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: The confiscated surfboard and five packages of marijuana. Credit: U.S. Border Patrol

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