SAN YSIDRO (CNS) - A 37-year-old Mexican bus driver was in custody in downtown San Diego Thursday on suspicion of trying to smuggle 700 pounds of marijuana into the United States via the San Ysidro Port of Entry, authorities said.
A drug-sniffing dog alerted customs officers to the pot, which was found Tuesday morning in a compartment that had been built in the gas tank of a commercial bus, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The agency estimated the pot has a street value of about $350,000.
There were several passengers aboard the bus at the time of the bust but only the driver was arrested, a CBP statement said. The man, whose name was not immediately released, was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Scattered showers and lower temperatures are in the forecast Friday for San Diego County with snow possible in the mountains at gradually lower elevations throughout the day.
Teachers in the Solana Beach School District, who have been without contracts for months, on Thursday pushed for new contracts, but the district is not backing down.
A Ramona man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing tip jars from a half-dozen Poway businesses.
People who take their pets to Del Mar's dog beach wanted to know who planted the incredible garden there.
Local first-responders who put their lives on the line to help victims of the deadly Montecito mudslides were back home Thursday.
A man accused of stabbing a woman to death near an Encanto Park made his first court appearance Thursday.
The San Diego Blood Bank Thursday solicited donations through the end of the month in honor of Father Joe Carroll, who will undergo surgery Feb. 1 due to complications with diabetes.
If you need ideas to help you keep that New Year's resolution going head to Santee for an active lifestyle expo and race this Saturday.