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Marijuana discovered in hot sauce shipment

Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Officials arrested a man at the Otay Mesa cargo facility after finding about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce.

Officials arrested a man at the Otay Mesa cargo facility after finding about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a man after finding about 2,330 pounds of marijuana in boxes of hot sauce at the Otay Mesa cargo facility last week.

Officials said the 39-year-old male resident of Tijuana entered the cargo port with a tractor trailer that carried the hot sauce.

Officers ran the tractor trailer through the port's x-ray imaging system and noticed irregularities with the cargo.

They opened the boxes and found 123 wrapped packages of marijuana. Authorities said the drugs have a street value of $1.4 million.

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