Mexican trucker nabbed with 2,400 pounds of pot under wood chips

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Federal agents stopped one Mexican trucker from bringing nearly $1.5 million worth of marijuana into the U.S. among a load of wood chips in mid-June.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, agents inspected a tractor-trailer at 4:30 a.m. on June 11 at the border checkpoint on westbound Interstate 8 in Pine Valley, CA.

Agents directed the 48-year-old driver to secondary inspection.

During secondary inspection, agents sifted through the wood chips and found 564 bundles of marijuana totaling 2,409 pounds worth an estimated $1,445,000. The alleged smuggler and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for processing.

Between Oct. 1, 2008 and May 31, 2009, agents in the San Diego Sector of Customs and Border Patrol seized more than 17,500 pounds of marijuana and 1,050 pounds of cocaine.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer


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