CALEXICO — In what is being hailed as likely the largest marijuana seizure in the history of the U.S. Border Patrol El Centro Sector, agents this week seized close to 6,000 pounds of the drug.
Agents arrested two Mexican nationals in connection with the seizure, Marcial Jimenez Sernelos, 51, of Tijuana, and Juan Sanchez Castellanos, 22, of Mexicali.
Neither man has a criminal record, according to federal reports, and both are undocumented immigrants.
They were arraigned Wednesday in federal court in El Centro on charges of transporting an illegal substance for the purpose of selling it.
Jimenez and Sanchez will face preliminary hearings Dec. 7. They remain in the county jail without bail
The seizure came at 3 p.m. Tuesday as Border Patrol agents spotted two vehicles, a pickup and a sport-utility vehicle, drive across the border near Roy's Road off of Highway 98 about 16 miles west of Calexico.