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Checkpoint nabs 9 tons of marijuana

REGION – Approximately an hour north of the U.S./Mexican border the Border Patrol’s San Clemente Station nabbed a tractor/trailer vehicle and its driver hauling more than 9 tons of marijuana worth an estimated street value of more than $14 million on Aug. 29.The driver, a 43-year-old U.S. citizen was questioned by Border Patrol agents before being directed to a secondary inspection point for

The marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $14 million. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol
The marijuana had an estimated street value of more than $14 million. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Border Patrol

further questioning. A Border Patrol K-9 unit alerted agents to the trailer where, upon inspection, pallets containing a total of 218 boxes filled with marijuana were discovered.

San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Paul Beeson said, “Great work, this seizure by our agents helps weaken the transnational criminal organizations who attempt to use our roadways to conduct their illegal activities.”

The driver, vehicle and drugs were turned over to the DEA for further investigation.

 

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