U..S. border authorities intercepted a tractor-trailer loaded with 14 tons of marijuana destined for the Los Angeles area in what is believed to be one of the largest drug busts ever by the U.S. Border Patrol.
A canine officer doing a routine inspection at the State Highway 86
checkpoint near Salton City detected the load, which was hidden inside
large wooden crates.
Agents pulled out more than 1,100 bundles of
marijuana, worth an estimated $22.6 million. The 35-year-old driver was
The seizure is the latest in a series of enormous marijuana busts
along the California-Mexico border. In November, U.S. authorities in San
Diego seized 25 tons of marijuana, and two weeks later an additional 20
tons. Both loads were discovered in warehouses linked to Mexico by
Last October, Mexican authorities seized 134 tons of marijuana in
Tijuana -- the largest bust in Mexican history. Those drugs were
believed to belong to the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s most powerful
organized crime group, authorities said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration declined to comment on the
ongoing investigation of Wednesday’s seizure, which was the largest in
Imperial County history.
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