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Border Patrol Makes $3.6 Million Pot Bust

The suspected smuggler and marijuana were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which was working with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

U.S. Border Patrol agents working the I-15 checkpoint thwarted a narcotics smuggling attempt Monday that resulted in the seizure of more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $3.6 million, according to a U.S. Border Patrol news release.

Agents made the bust at around 9:30 p.m. during a stop of a white 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by a 43-year-old male U.S. citizen, the news release stated.

“During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection,” the news release stated. “A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection resulting in a positive alert to the trailer.”

Agents searched the trailer and discovered 300 bundles of marijuana, according to the news release. 

The suspected smuggler and marijuana were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which was working with the assistance of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the news release stated. 

The Freightliner was seized by Border Patrol.

LBV Collins March 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Once again, the border patrol happened to be open when this clown drove through the checkpoint… and he was pulled over because he “looked nervous.” As often as the border patrol nabs nervous-looking drug traffickers at that checkpoint (which is often), it really makes me wonder just how many traffickers are getting through. (I suspect a lot.) Kudos to the alert border patrol officers. However… we REALLY need to come up with a better way to keep drugs out of the hands of teenagers and addicted adults. Our DEA-enforced “crime and punishment” approach isn’t working. We need to face the facts that we have spent $1 trillion dollars over the last 40 years fighting Nixon’s Drug War… and we are beaten. The Mexican Drug Cartels have won and are making billions.
LBV Collins March 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM
No kidding, Brad! Ya' think they would at least have a buddy drive ahead and scout out whether the checkpoint was opened before driving through. They have heard of cell phones, right?
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 11:15 PM
http://www.copblock.org/about/ - Cop Block is a decentralized project supported by a diverse group of individuals united by their shared goal of police accountability. We highlight the double standard that some grant to those with badges by pointing to and supporting those harmed. By documenting police actions whether they are illegal, immoral or just a waste of time and resources then putting direct pressure on the individuals responsible (ideally while recording and then later sharing), we can work together to bring about transparency and have a real impact. CopBlock.org is a resource for the education of individual rights through the dissemination of different viewpoints and tactics that seek to curtail the all-too-common rights-violations and unaccountability that today exists. For more, check out CopBlock.org: FAQs – a document that addresses some of the most commonly-asked questions about CopBlock.org. It was drafted by contributors Pete Eyre and Ademo Freeman and, as CopBlock.org is decentralized, does not speak for all those involved
MrFilmThePolice March 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
http://www.injusticeeverywhere.com/ - The National Police Misconduct Statistics and Reporting Project
LBV Collins April 03, 2012 at 12:34 AM
When a former conservative presidential candidate and prominent Evangelical Christian says it’s time to legalize marijuana, then I think we may have reached a tipping point tilted in favor of ending the War on Drugs. Yesterday, Fareed Zakaria quoted this conservative Evangelical Christian as saying, "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol. I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think. This war on drugs just hasn't succeeded." The reason this conservative is in favor of legalizing marijuana is because our Drug War has created a prison problem in America that is well beyond what most Americans imagine. "It's completely out of control," he continued. "Prisons are being overcrowded with juvenile offenders having to do with drugs. And the penalties - the maximums - some of them could get 10 years for possession of a joint of marijuana. It makes no sense at all." So who is this former conservative presidential candidate? Pat Robertson, the Evangelical Christian host of the 700 Club show. When a conservative Evangelical such as Pat Robertson says it's time to stop the Drug War and legalize marijuana, then I think it's safe to say that we've reached a tipping point. At least I hope we have. Here’s a link to Zakaria’s video: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/30/zakaria-incarceration-nation-2/

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