Man Tried Floating to U.S. on Bag of Pot

Agents spotted the man swimming off the coast using a duffle bag of pot as a floatation device

By R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Sep 26, 2013  |  Updated 11:38 AM EDT
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A man was arrested off the coast of San Diego trying to swim into the U.S. while floating on a duffle bag full of pot, officials said.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents arrested the unidentified man Sept. 19 after spotting him approximately 600 yards from shore just north of the U.S./Mexico border.

The swimmer was floating on a duffle bag holding more than $23,000 in illegal drugs, agents said.

Inside the bag, federal agents said they found seven bundles of marijuana weighing more than 50 pounds.

The man, described as a 55-year-old Mexican citizen, was taken into custody by the U.S. Border Patrol
 

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