237 lbs. of Pot Seized at Border Stop

So a 19-year-old guy drives solo in a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban through the 5 freeway border checkpoint south of San Clemente where, according to the agents, his demeanor raised suspicions.

I'd say welcome to the world of parenting 19-year-olds, but the Border Patrol pulled the Chevy over for inspection and reportedly found 47 marijuana packages weighing just over 237 pounds.

Estimated street value: $355,740.

Border Patrol officials say the pot bundles were found around 4 p.m. Thursday in the rear storage area and behind the driver and front passenger seats. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency took possession of the weed, so that'll be the Labor Day party to hit this year.

The Chevy was seized and the 19-year-old was taken into custody by the Border Patrol. His identity was not released.

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Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.

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