A day on the marijuana beat in San Diego
A day on the weed beat in San Diego:
- A trucker with 269 pounds of marijuana hidden in the tires of his 1976 Kenworth tractor/trailer was caught coming into the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa border crossing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Tuesday.
- A drug-sniffing dog alerted officers who found 44 packages worth $134,000, officials said. The driver, a 39-year-old Mexican national from Tijuana, was arrested.
- James Dean Stacy, 46, former owner of a marijuana storefront in Vista in northern San Diego County, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to felony manufacturing of marijuana. Drug Enforcement Administration agents found 95 marijuana plants during a raid on Stacy's "Movement in Action" store.
Under a plea bargain, Stacy agreed to forfeit $1,175 in marijuana proceeds and a semi-automatic handgun seized at the store.
Prosecutors will not recommend prison time, but sentencing is up to U.S. District Court Judge Barry Moskowitz. Stacy could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison. If the judge accepts the plea bargain, federal prosecutors retain the right to prosecute Stacy for the offense if he violates the law while on probation.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Marijuana bundles found in truck tires. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security