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Border officials find 7 tons of marijuana in commercial truck

Border officials find 7 tons of marijuana in commercial truck

Customs officers found 587 wrapped packages of marijuana with a street value of $7.1 million, authorities said.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Customs and Border Protection officers found 7 tons of marijuana inside a commercial truck transporting furniture through the Otay Mesa border entry, authorities said Friday.

The 1994 Freightliner trailer truck entered the Otay Mesa cargo facility about 9:40 a.m. Thursday, authorities said.

Customs officers ran the truck through an imaging system, then opened boxes stacked inside, where they found 587 wrapped packages of marijuana with a street value of $7.1 million, authorities said.

Border officials find 7 tons of marijuana in commercial truck

A truck driver attempted to enter the country from Tijuana, Mexico, declaring that he was carrying furniture. Customs officers found 7 tons of marijuana inside his vehicle.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
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Together, the bundles weighed more than 14,000 pounds.

The 47-year-old Mexican driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

Customs officers seized the truck and trailer.

david.hernandez@sduniontribune.com

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Hernandez writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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