55-year-old Mexican tries to swim to the U.S. with 50 pounds of pot

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A man accused of trying to swim to the U.S. from Mexico with more than 50 pounds of marijuana was arrested, federal officials said Monday.

About 11 p.m. Thursday, Border Patrol agents responded to a report of a man swimming about a mile north of the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection statement.

The man, who had a duffle bag, was about 600 yards off the coast.

Agents found seven bundles of wrapped marijuana in the bag. The street value of the drug was estimated at more than $23,000, the CBP said.


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