A seven-ton load of marijuana valued at an estimated $8.6 million was discovered in a truck trailer waiting to enter the U.S. from Mexico at the Otay Mesa border crossing, authorities said Friday.
The truck manifest said it was carrying “metal racks” but a Customs and Border Protection dog sniffed out the drugs, officials said in a statement.
The 45-year-old driver, a Mexican citizen, drove the tractor-trailer rig into the cargo facility at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was directed to an X-ray inspection of the rig, the statement said.
Officers found “an anomaly” with the X-ray of the cargo and had a Customs dog screen the truck, officials said.
Guided by the dog’s reactions, officers found 722 packages of marijuana, weighing nearly 15,000 pounds, tucked into boxes.