Swift-owned trailer’s $8 million in pot sets California record

| 3/17/2008

The California Highway Patrol reportedly found $8 million worth of marijuana after pulling over a Swift Transportation-owned truck and trailer on Tuesday, March 11, in Calexico, CA.

The 11,000 pound bust was the largest CHP troopers could recall, the Yuma Sun reported.

“That’s the largest one that I’m aware,” the Sun quoted Sgt. Mark Kirchhof of CHP’s Calexico inspection station.

CHP officers pulled over a 2001 Freightliner that was headed through the Calexico Inspection Facility after entering the U.S. from Mexico.

The trailer was supposed to be hauling water heaters, but drug dogs sniffed out boxes of marijuana near the trailer’s rear doors. Eventually, officers said they found marijuana filling most of the top half of the trailer.

The Sun reported that driver Ricardo Torres Villa, 28, of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, was booked for felony possession of marijuana and felony transportation for sales.