Seven 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.
--Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Seized tractor-trailer that officials say was carrying 9 tons of marijuana. Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement