15 tons and what do you get? The second largest weed bust in history at border crossing

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About 15 tons of marijuana found in truck had a street value of nearly $19 million. (Photo: CNN)

(CNN)When searching for hidden stash, an obvious place to check is the mattress.

U.S. federal police in California did so last week, and found 15 tons of marijuana, and made the second largest weed bust in history at a U.S. border crossing.

The truck carrying the weed crossed into California from Mexico at Otay Mesa. The shipment was labeled as “mattresses and cushions.” A Customs and Border Police officer had the cargo bay X-rayed, and the objects inside didn’t look right, the CBP said in a statement.

An officer flapped open the cargo doors to see weed wrapped into plastic packages, stacked from floor to ceiling — 1,296 in all. Together they weighed in at 31,598 pounds and had an estimated street value of $18.96 million.

The truck carrying the weed crossed into California from Mexico at Otay Mesa.

There were a few mattresses in the shipping bay, at the opposite end of the load.

The largest border crossing pot bust payload in U.S. history also arrived into Southern California from Mexico in 2013. It tipped the scales at 35,265 pounds or 17.6 tons.

 

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2 comments

  • carlie

    That’s to bad it didn’t make it across ,califorians are dummies if they thought it was for them we all know it was on its way to washington

  • Kenneth Briggs

    guess they were in training for another truck load , guess we can make them unload and reload if the goods are the real thing , but where were the dogs at ? now keep the drivers in jail for a few years and keep the truck and tr5ailer .

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