El Centro BP Bust Lands Over 14 Tons of Pot - NBC 7 San Diego

El Centro BP Bust Lands Over 14 Tons of Pot

Drugs valued at more than $22.6 million dollars

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    El Centro BP Bust Lands Over 14 Tons of Pot
    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.

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security

    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.