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Smuggler abandons pot cache

May 16, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A driver attempting to transport more than 300 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into this country abandoned his vehicle and the drugs on a canal bank when pursued by U.S. Border Patrol agents Monday.

Border Patrol agents working near the downtown Port of Entry around 10 a.m. observed several U.S. Customs Service inspectors on this side of the border running after a vehicle driven by an individual who refused to stop, according to a Border Patrol press release.

Border Patrol agents followed the vehicle west to the outskirts of the city. About a mile west of the Port of Entry, the driver drove south along the All-American Canal toward the international boundary fence.

The driver exited the vehicle while it was still in motion and jumped into the canal, where he swam south and returned to Mexico. The vehicle came to rest in reeds on the canal bank.

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A search of the vehicle by Border Patrol agents produced 22 packages containing 117.6 pounds of marijuana. The vehicle and drugs were turned over to Customs.

As Customs officials inspected the vehicle, they discovered a false compartment containing an additional 214.25 pounds of marijuana, said Border Patrol spokesman Dionicio Delgado Jr.

Delgado did not know where that false compartment was in the vehicle.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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