Saturday, November 26, 2011
L.A. 7 charged with smuggling after 9 tons of pot are seized
Seven men from San Diego and Tijuana have been charged in U.S. federal court with drug smuggling after authorities discovered 9 tons of marijuana inside a tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa border crossing, officials said Friday.
The estimated value of the marijuana was put at $13 million.
The discovery occurred Tuesday when an X-ray search showed the trailer packed with bricks of marijuana, officials said. Federal agents followed the truck to a junkyard on the U.S. side of the border where the seven suspects were arrested.
Five of the seven are listed as being from Tijuana, two from San Diego County.