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Marijuana discovered in hot sauce shipment

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)
September 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
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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