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Weapons, pot seized by Border Patrol in San Diego County

January 8, 2013 | 11:13 pm

Handgun and marijuana confiscated by Border Patrol agents.
Border Patrol agents in southeastern San Diego County foiled two separate smuggling efforts, seizing weapons and thousands of dollars worth of marijuana, federal authorities said Tuesday.

The incidents occurred along Interstate 8 in the Pine Valley area and involved U.S. citizens transporting the pot and weapons, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In the first incident, agents at an interstate checkpoint seized more than a pound of marijuana, a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and ammunition from a 28-year-old man. He was also carrying $12,900 in cash, authorities said. The pot had an estimated street value of more than $19,000.

In the second incident, a 25-year-old man tried to reach for a shotgun after he was pulled over on the interstate. An agent grabbed the weapon and took it from the vehicle. Agents found about a pound of pot valued at more than $14,000, along with a scale, baggies and a log book listing marijuana sales, according to authorities. 

Both incidents occurred Friday evening, and the two men were arrested on suspicion of smuggling. 

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Photo: A handgun and some of the marijuana seized by Border Patrol agents is shown. Credit: U.S. Department of Homeland Security
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