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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Discover Marijuana Worth $1.5 Million Hidden Inside Tractor Trailer

Release Date: 
November 5, 2012

Pine Valley, Calif. - Customs and Border Protection U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint near Pine Valley thwarted a narcotics smuggling attempt on November 4, resulting in the seizure of more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

At approximately 11 p.m., agents encountered a 55-year-old male El Salvadoran citizen driving a 2007 Freightliner tractor-trailer at the checkpoint. During the inspection, agents became suspicious of the driver's nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection. A CBP Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in an alert. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered a false wall inside of the tractor trailer. Behind the wall, agents found 47 bundles of marijuana. The bundles weighed 1,016 pounds and had an estimated street value of $1,524,000.

Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley discovered 47 bundles of marijuana inside a Freightliner tractor-trailer.

Border Patrol agents at the Interstate 8 checkpoint in Pine Valley discovered 47 bundles of marijuana inside a Freightliner tractor-trailer.

The suspected smuggler and narcotics were taken into custody and turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. The tractor trailer was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, CBP U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on corridors of egress away from our nation's borders. To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact San Diego Sector at (619) 498-9900.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017