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Half a ton of marijuana found under truckload of fish at border

March 30, 2013|By Tony Perry

SAN DIEGO -- Half a ton of marijuana was discovered in a tractor-trailer beneath a load of frozen fish being trucked from Mexico into the U.S., according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 232 packages of pot, weighing 1,058 pounds, were found beneath packages of tongue fish, authorities said. Officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry had sent the the tractor-trailer for inspection Wednesday afternoon after spotting something suspicious through imaging technology.

The marijuana was discovered by a detector dog. The pot had an estimated street value of $476,000, authorities said.

The driver, a 29-year-old Mexican national, was arrested on smuggling charges. The marijuana and the truck were seized as evidence.

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tony.perry@latimes.com

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