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California border agents seizes seven tons of cartel marijuana from Mexico

May 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California border agents seizes seven tons of cartel marijuana from Mexico

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in Southern California intercepted seven tons of marijuana transported from Mexico last week.

The seizure came in spite of the legalization of the drug in Western California.

Authorities arrested a 47-year-old Mexican national driving a Freightliner transporting a load of furniture arriving at the Otay International Border Crossing port of entry near San Diego on Thursday morning, Breitbart News reported.

The trailer was flagged for a secondary inspection station after an initial inspection detected an abnormality with the shipment. Further examination of the trailer revealed stacked boxes containing 587 bundles shrink-wrapped packages of marijuana.

CPB officials said the drug shipment weighed in at 14,219 pounds and estimated the value of the marijuana at $7.1 million in street value.

“Our agents are out there rain or shine to disrupt illicit activity,” Otay Mesa cargo Port Director Rosa Hernandez said in the written statement. “This seizure demonstrates our commitment to keeping our community safe from dangerous contraband.”

Agent seized the marijuana load and the tractor-trailer while the driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.

Last week CBP agents in Nogales Arizona intercepted a multi-million pot load hidden in a load of watermelons transported up from Sonora, Mexico.

A K-9 unit detected the presence of the marijuana and a secondary inspection uncovered 14,800 pounds of marijuana. Officers arrested the unidentified 51-year-old Mexican national and seized both the drug shipment and trailer.

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