It’s been said that the increasing legalization of cannabis in the US has forced Mexican cartels to ween off of that trade and focus more on other drugs (i.e. heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine). However, recent huge pot busts have proven that the cartels aren’t out of the business yet. On Thursday morning, the feds seized a staggering seven tons of weed at the California border.
According to Breitbart, Thursday’s seizure followed the confiscation of another multi-ton haul the week before, in Arizona. In that situation, a K9 alerted Customs & Border Protection officers to the presence of bud in a truck transporting watermelons through the Mariposa Commercial Facility in Nogales, Arizona. The driver was a 51-year-old from Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Inside, officers discovered 14,800 pounds (7.4 tons) of tree. The unidentified driver was turned over to the authorities.
Thursday’s bust occurred at the Otay International Border Crossing. The driver, a 41-year-old Mexican, claimed that he was hauling furniture in the trailer being pulled by his 1994 Freightliner. CBP officers referred him to a secondary inspection station, where a scan “revealed anomalies with the shipment.” In the trailer, instead of furniture, officers found stacked boxes, stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of weed. There was a total of 587 bundles, weighing out to 14,219 pounds (7.1 tons), reportedly worth $7.1 million. The unidentified man was turned over to Homeland Security and the weed and trailer were seized.
“My officers are out there rain or shine to disrupt illicit activity,” wrote Otay Mesa cargo Port Director Rosa Hernandez in a statement. “This seizure demonstrates that and their commitment to keeping our community safe from dangerous contraband.”