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U.S. seizes bundles of marijuana at sea and on land

August 22, 2011 |  8:25 pm

Neworleans 

On sea and land, the U.S. war against marijuana continues.

Sailors from the amphibious transport dock ship New Orleans recovered bundles containing a total of 1,800 pounds of pot floating off the coast of San Diego on Saturday, the Navy announced Monday.

The San Diego-based ship was on a training exercise when it received a call from the Coast Guard about smugglers aboard a 20-foot fishing boat who were dumping bundles overboard.

The New Orleans launched rigid-hull inflatable boats to recover the bundles as evidence. The Mexican navy arrested several men aboard the fishing boat.

The same day, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro border crossing arrested a 24-year-old U.S. citizen with 1,150 pounds of marijuana hidden inside furniture being hauled in a trailer behind his pickup truck, officials said.

The pot was valued at nearly $700,000. Officials seized a sofa, china cabinet and bedroom furniture allegedly used to hide the 126 packages. The truck was also seized.

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Photo: Sailors from the New Orleans race to recover bundles of marijuana dumped by smugglers off the coast of San Diego. Credit: Navy Specialist 3rd-class Dominique Pineiro

 

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