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Marijuana found in railroad tanker

Three men whose arrests led to the discovery of hundreds of pounds of marijuana in a railroad tanker car have been charged with drug possession in Los Angeles.

world Updated: Jul 15, 2010 01:01 IST

Three men whose arrests led to the discovery of hundreds of pounds of marijuana in a railroad tanker car have been charged with drug possession in Los Angeles.

The district attorney’s office says Jesse Lopez, 28, Justin Coffey, 18, and Kristopher Maldonado, 19, were each charged with two felony counts.

Officers said they noticed an oily substance on the suspects’ clothing and found bundles of marijuana coated with oil in the car. Authorities say further investigation led officers to the rail car that entered the US from Mexico this month. In all, 78 bundles of marijuana, each weighing about nine kilograms, were removed from the tanker.