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Authorities seize 15 tons of marijuana on U.S.-Mexico border

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    This Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden in a truck that supposedly was hauling mattresses, which was seized by the Border Patrol at the Otay Mesa border crossing with Mexico in San Diego, Calif. Authorities say the truck's trailer was stacked floor to ceiling with plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana, which had an estimated street value of nearly $19 million. The Mexican driver was taken into custody.

SAN DIEGO » Federal authorities have seized more than 15 tons of marijuana in a near-record bust at a border crossing in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Times reports Saturday that more than 1,200 packages of marijuana valued at nearly $19 million were seized this week from a truck-trailer carrying mattresses and cushions at the Otay Mesa border crossing.

Authorities arrested the truck’s 46-year-old driver and seized the vehicle late Thursday.

The newspaper says the seizure was the second-largest in a single incident at a U.S. border crossing, trailing a more than 35,000-pound bust in 2013.

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