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7 Tons Of Weed Found In 'Furniture' Truck Crossing Border From Mexico

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found more than 7 tons of marijuana in a commercial truck that was attempting to cross the border from Mexico into San Diego.As the L.A. Times reports, a 1994 Freightliner trailer truck carrying what, at first, appeared to be furniture entered the Otay Mesa cargo facility at about 9:40 a.m. on Thursday.

According to a CBP release, officials at the port ran the truck through an imaging system and found some "anomalies." An inspection yielded the discovery of boxes, which were opened and field-tested positive for marijuana.

There were a total of 587 wrapped packages of marijuana weighing more than 14,000 pounds, which comes out to a street value of $7.1 million.

The driver, a 47-year-old Mexican man, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.