$8.6M load of mar­i­juana found in truck at bor­der

Manteca Bulletin - - Local / State -

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Au­thor­i­ties say a 7-ton load of mar­i­juana, worth about $8.6 mil­lion, was found in­side the trailer of a truck try­ing to cross into the U.S. from Mex­ico.

U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers said Fri­day the load was dis­cov­ered dur­ing an X-ray in­spec­tion at the Otay Mesa bor­der cross­ing in San Diego.

The truck’s driver, a 45-year-old Mex­i­can cit­i­zen, was car­ry­ing a man­i­fest that claimed he was haul­ing me­tal racks. Of­fi­cials said of­fi­cers saw “an anom­aly” on the X-ray and a po­lice dog de­tected drugs.

When of­fi­cers opened the trailer, they found 722 pack­ages of mar­i­juana hid­den in­side boxes. In to­tal, they say the truck had nearly 15,000 pounds (6,803.96 kilo­grams) of mar­i­juana.

Au­thor­i­ties say the driver’s visa was can­celed and he was turned over to fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

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