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Border agents intercept over 2,500 pounds of pot from two smugglers

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Federal agents at border stations in southern San Diego seized more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles from would-be smugglers over a roughly seven-hour period, authorities said Wednesday.

A 28-year-old U.S. citizen drove into San Ysidro Port of Entry in a 2009 Toyota Corolla at about 5 a.m. Tuesday, according to Customs and Border Protection officials. In the trunk of the car, agents found 437 pounds of pot valued at nearly $20,000 on the street.

Late the same morning, a 43-year-old Mexican man entered a cargo facility at Otay Mesa Port of Entry in a tractor-trailer. During a search of the big rig, agents discovered 2,090 pounds of marijuana wrapped in 124 bundles and mixed in with a shipment of liquid fabric softener. The pot would have brought in more that $940,000, authorities said.

Both suspects were arrested and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown San Diego. Their names were withheld.

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