Ontario man, 24, charged with trying to smuggle pot into U.S. by scuba diving
A police officer holds a handful of seized marijuana during a presentation to journalists at a police station in Cali, Colombia. (AP / Carlos Julio Martinez)
Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013 3:03PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, August 21, 2013 9:53PM EDT
DETROIT -- A 24-year-old Windsor, Ont., man accused of smuggling marijuana into the U.S. by scuba diving has been arraigned in a Michigan court.
Jesse James Thomas Zunti is charged with one count of controlled substance, deliver/manufacture marijuana.
Zunti was arrested after a person was spotted in full scuba gear swimming across the St. Clair River from Canada to Marine City early Monday morning.
U.S. border patrol agents met the diver as he was getting out of the river in the Marine City area.
The agents then found a watertight pipe containing about 3.6 kilograms of marijuana tied to a sea wall ladder.
Zunti remains in custody with bail set at $100,000.