Workers Uncover $4.5 Million Worth Of Marijuana Tractor-Trailor Carried Furniture From Mexico
POSTED: 9:06 am PST March 31, 2005 UPDATED: 9:17 am PST March 31, 2005
SAN DIEGO -- Workers at an Otay Mesa warehouse discovered almost eight tons of marijuana with an estimated street value of $4.5 million while unloading furniture off a tractor-trailer from Mexico, officials said Thursday.
Federal agents Wednesday seized 15,433 pounds of marijuana, which was wrapped in pharmaceutical boxes, Home Depot boxes and heavy duty trash bags, said Lauren Mack, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A 32-year-old truck driver crossed the border without a problem and delivered the load to a warehouse around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Mack said.
Workers unloading furniture from the truck found the marijuana a short time later and reported it to federal agents, Mack said.
Agents questioned the driver but found no reason to arrest him, Mack said.
The truck is used by three Mexican companies, and agents investigated how the truck managed to slip past border inspectors, Mack said.
if someone could smuggle almost 15,500 pounds of weed across the border, what else could be smuggled across?
I've heard over the past years the border patrol isn't funded too well. Not enough people hired, not enough supplies, etc...
You'd think it would be better manned after 911.
About two years ago I took a train from Philiadelphia to Seattle(what a boring, stupid trip, though I was VERY impressed with Seattle)and I swear I could have taken a Bazooka onboard. When I say there was no security or item checking, there was NONE!!! I was stunned!
On a side note, can you imagine the size of the bong they were planning on using!?!?!?