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.
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.
Hernandez writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune.