SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF.—Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to San Clemente Station's Commercial Vehicle Interdiction Squad stopped a tractor/trailer found to contain more than 9 tons of marijuana.
Agents encountered a 43-year-old male U.S. citizen at approximately 12:50 p.m., driving a 2006 truck pulling a 53 foot trailer, as he drove through the I-5 checkpoint in San Clemente.
Border Patrol agents questioned the man and directed him to the secondary inspection area. In secondary, a Border Patrol K-9 alerted to the trailer. The rear doors were opened, revealing multiple pallets stacked with cardboard boxes. One box was opened, and found to contain a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana. After unloading the truck, it was found to be fully packed with 218 marijuana-filled boxes. The total weight was approximately 18,458 pounds with an estimated street value of $14,766,448.
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, tractor/trailer, and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.
To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the 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.