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500-plus pounds of pot seized in western Imperial County

April 21, 2002|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

In-Ko-Pah — The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating a seizure of more than 500 pounds of marijuana uncovered by the U.S. Border Patrol in this west Imperial County area.

The discovery, made at 8 p.m. Thursday, occurred along Interstate 8.

A Border Patrol agent observed a blue-gray 1988 pickup circling in the area. When the agent attempted to get a closer look, the driver abruptly abandoned the vehicle and ran away from the scene.

The agent caught up with the individual, who reported to the agent he was a Mexican citizen in the United States illegally.

The agent then inspected the vehicle and discovered five large duffel bags containing several plastic-wrapped packages of marijuana.

According to a Border Patrol press release, the drugs, the driver and the vehicle were turned over to the DEA.

The driver's name and custody status were unavailable by presstime Saturday.

>>Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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