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Feds Find 4 Tons of Pot in Shipment of Jalapeños

California's black market is still thriving
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2019 3:03 AM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2019 6:25 AM CDT
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This Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, photo released by US Customs and Border Protection shows marijuana mixed in with a shipment of jalape?o peppers seized by CBP officers in San Diego's Otay Mesa, Calif.   (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
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(Newser) – An attempt to smuggle marijuana mixed in with jalapeño peppers didn't fool a K-9 unit at the Otay Mesa cargo facility in San Diego, authorities say. The pooches found pallets of pot and peppers Thursday in a tractor-trailer driven by a 37-year-old Mexican citizen, Customs and Border Protection says. Officials say the 7,560-pound shipment had an estimated value of $2.3 million, NBC reports. Earlier in the week, officers at the same facility found around 10,600 pounds of pot in a shipment of auto parts, reports the AP. The Los Angeles Times notes that while California is the world's biggest legal pot market, with sales expected to top $3 billion this year, the black market is still thriving and is almost three times the size of the legal market. (Read more marijuana stories.)

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