Bus driver jailed on suspicion of drug smuggling across border - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Bus driver jailed on suspicion of drug smuggling across border

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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.

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