Feds Seize 7 Tons of Marijuana in Massive $60 MILLION Big Rig Bust
San Diego, CA – Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) intercepted a massive amount of marijuana concealed within a commercial big rig shipment from Mexico.
According to CBP, the huge bust occurred on Friday, August 7 at the Otay Mesa cargo facility.
At approximately 6:30 p.m, officers encountered a tractor-trailer manifested as hauling limes.
An inspection using X-ray imaging revealed anomalies and the rig was referred to the dock for further examination.
CBP officers opened the trailer to discover boxes containing large, tape-wrapped packages inside.
In fact, a total of 622 large, tape-wrapped packages were inside the boxes containing 14,880 lbs. of marijuana.
CBP estimates the narcotics have an estimated street value of almost $60 million.
Earlier that same day, officers also seized $1.5 million worth of methamphetamine from a big rig’s load of cactus.
According to CBP, the incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. when a K-9 officer alerted to the tractor-trailer.
Upon opening the trailer, officers discovered pallets of cactus.
A further search inside the crates of cactus pads also revealed packages wrapped with green tape hidden among the pads.
In total, officers found 590 packages, containing about 668 lbs. of meth.
The narcotics along with the contents of the shipments were seized in both instances.
CBP did not identify the truck drivers involved.