Photo: 9 tons of Marijuana in California (U.S. Border Patrol)
This week, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to San Clemente Station’s Commercial Vehicle Interdiction Squad stopped a tractor/trailer found to contain more than 9 tons of marijuana.
The marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $14 million.
Agents encountered a 43-year-old male U.S. citizen at approximately 12:50 p.m., driving a 2006 truck pulling a 53 foot trailer, as he drove through the I-5 checkpoint in San Clemente.
Border Patrol agents questioned the man and directed him to the secondary inspection area. In secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer. The rear doors were opened, revealing multiple pallets stacked with cardboard boxes. One box was opened, and found to contain a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana.
After unloading the truck, it was found to be fully packed with 218 marijuana-filled boxes. The total weight was approximately 18,458 pounds with an estimated street value of $14,766,448.
After being referred to secondary inspection and a positive alert from K-9 team, agents discovered multiple pallets of boxes full of marijuana.
The driver, tractor/trailer, and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
Photo Credits: U.S. Border Patrol