Customs and Border Protection officers in San Diego seized dozens of pounds of marijuana in addition to other suspicious "devices" from beneath at least two vehicles Monday and Tuesday.
According to a CBP spokeswoman based in Southern California, officers removed seven packages attached beneath a vehicle that was attempting to enter the U.S. from Mexico. Inside they discovered nearly 35 pounds of marijuana which they immediately seized. Customs and Border Protection agents pulled aside the driver of the vehicle for questioning. An investigation is still ongoing.
Customs and Border Protection personnel walk along a section of the recently-constructed fence at the U.S.-Mexico border on February 26, 2013 in Nogales, Arizona. The newest generation of fencing allows Border Patrol agents to see through the fence and is harder to scale from the Mexican side. (Credit: Getty Images)
A similar incident occurred Monday where a bomb squad cleared a gas station and car wash after a man who stopped to fuel his SUV at a north San Diego Chevron gas station noticed noticed a suspicious object hidden underneath his vehicle. It turned out there were actually seven questionable items, which police described to KNSD-TV as "shoe-sized, cylindrical, metallic and electrical devices."
Although the articles are being tested, Lt. Paul Phillips of the San Diego Police Department told the outlet he wouldn't be surprised if the seven packages found on Monday also contain drugs.
While a spokesman for the SDPD told TheBlaze it believes the two incidents are unrelated, police are now urging motorists who cross the U.S.-Mexico routinely to keep a close watch on their vehicles.
TheBlaze made multiple attempts Wednesday to contact the San Diego Police Department, which has since taken charge of the investigations, but calls and emails were not immediately returned.
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