SAN DIEGO — Federal customs officials say they foiled an attempt to smuggle drugs into California from Mexico after discovering more than nine tons of marijuana inside a big-rig at a San Diego-area border crossing.
Federal homeland security spokeswoman Lauren Mack said Friday seven men were charged with drug smuggling after the seizure at the Otay Mesa crossing.
During an X-ray inspection of the truck, hundreds of pillow-sized bricks of marijuana estimated to be worth more than $13 million were found on the truck Tuesday.
The suspects — whose ages range from 19 to 47 — were arraigned in federal court Wednesday.
The bust was near the same crossing where a major underground drug-smuggling tunnel was discovered this month.
- From the Associated Press