U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to San Clemente Station’s Commercial Vehicle Interdiction Squad stopped a tractor-trailer with the marijuana inside.
A 43-year-old U.S. citizen about 12:50 p.m., was stopped as he drove a 2006 truck pulling a 53-foot trailer through the I-5 checkpoint in San Clemente.
Border Patrol agents questioned the man and directed him to the secondary inspection area, according to CBP Agent Ralph A. Desio.
In the secondary inspection area, a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted cops to the presence of drugs in the trailer.
The rear doors were opened, revealing multiple pallets stacked with cardboard boxes.
One box was opened, and found to contain a green leafy substance which tested positive for marijuana, Desio reported.
After unloading the truck, it was found to be fully packed with 218 marijuana-filled boxes. The total weight was about 18,458 pounds.
“Great work, this seizure by our agents helps weaken the transnational criminal organizations who attempt to use our roadways to conduct their illegal activities,” said San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Paul Beeson.
The driver, big rig and marijuana were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.