Record-Breaking Marijuana Bust Seized Over 15 Tons Of Pot Estimated At Nearly $19 Million In ...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers made a record-breaking bust in California Thursday evening. Officials seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden inside a truck claiming to carry mattresses at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The pot shipment has an estimated street value of nearly $19 million, news station KNSD in San Diego reported Friday.

It’s the largest narcotics bust in the history of the Otay Mesa border crossing and the second-largest at any border crossing in the United States, KNSD reported. Otay Mesa is one of three ports of entry in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

A 46-year-old Mexican citizen drove the tractor-trailer to the commercial port at about 6 p.m. Thursday with a cargo shipment labeled as mattresses and cushions. After an anomaly was detected during an x-ray examination, officials found nearly 1,300 plastic-wrapped cannabis packages stacked inside the truck from...

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