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YEAR'S POT SEIZURES AT BORDER EXCEED A TON

Last week's seizure of 685 pounds of marijuana, hidden in a tractor-trailer crossing into the United States over the Peace Bridge, brings to more than a ton of Canadian-grown hydroponic pot confiscated in the past year from U.S.-bound trucking rigs.

Immigration and Customs officials reported finding the marijuana Wednesday in a trailer registered to JSMS Trucking Ltd., based in Ontario.

Tarlochan Singh Jagpal, 22, of Mississauga, Ont., the rig's driver, was charged with conspiracy to import the marijuana. The charge carries a maximum term of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Clare Kane said immigration inspectors found the marijuana, with an estimated street value of $2 million, in the rear of the trailer during a secondary inspection of Jagpal's rig.

Earlier this year, border officials found 1,277 pounds of Canadian marijuana in another trailer, and a few days later, 502 pounds in a different rig.

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