Close to $1 million in marijuana was found hiding in plain sight in two illegal narcotic smuggling incidents near San Diego over the holiday weekend.
First, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents pulled over a 2004 Dodge Durango heading northbound on Interstate 5 on Friday afternoon. In the back of the SUV, they noticed three cardboard moving boxes tucked between the second and third rows of seats.
When agents searched the boxes, they reported finding 27 bundles of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $105,690.
The driver, a 29-year-old U.S. Citizen, was arrested. The car and drugs were seized.
Then, Monday around 11:30 p.m., agents reported finding eight large black trash bags sitting on the side of Interstate 8 near the Pine Valley checkpoint.
Inside the bags agents found 134 bundles of marijuana.
The pot weighed close to 490 pounds and is estimated to be worth more than $730,000 on the street officials said.
There were no arrests in connection with this seizure.