El Centro BP Bust Lands Over 14 Tons of Pot

Drugs valued at more than $22.6 million dollars

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    Over 1000 bundles of marijuana being had to be stacked by U.S. Border Patrol Agents after a bust at the Highway 86 Border Patrol Checkpoint near Salton City on Sept. 29,2011.

    On Wednesday, Border Patrol Agents at a checkpoint near Salton City landed their biggest marijuana seizure ever, and one of the largest busts nation wide.

    Over 14 tons of marijuana were found inside a tractor trailer at the Highway 86 Border Patrol Checkpoint at about 8 p.m., according to officials with El Centro Sector Border Patrol.

    The driver, a 35-year-old man, had been referred to a secondary search after arriving at the checkpoint, officials said.

    Agents used a large scale imaging system to scan the cargo of the truck and reportedly discovered anomalies throughout the shipment, at which point a thorough inspection was ordered.

    During the inspection inside the truck's wooden crates, agents found several bundles of an illegal narcotic, which later tested positive for marijuana, according to a media release.

    In the end, more than 1110 bundles of pot weighing 28,300 pounds, were found, agents said. The drugs were valued at more than $22.6 million dollars by authorities.

    The driver was taken into custody and he, the tractor and drugs were later turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.