$3.6M Worth of Pot Intercepted at Checkpoint

The Border Patrol found more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana in a truck trying to pass the Interstate 15 station south of Temecula and Murrieta.

The Border Patrol intercepted more than $3.6 million worth of marijuana at the checkpoint south of Temecula and Murrieta.

A U.S. citizen was having his white 2003 Freightliner tractor-trailer through checkpoint around 9:30 p.m. Monday when he aroused agents' suspicion.

"During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection," said Agent Scott Simon in an emailed announcement Tuesday. "A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection resulting in a positive alert to the trailer."

Officials searched the trailer and found 300 bundles of marijuana weighing a total of 7,328 pounds, which is worth about $3,664,085 on the street, Simon said.

The smuggler, whose name was withheld by the Border Patrol, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the truck was confiscated by the

LBV Collins March 28, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Once again, the border patrol happened to be open when this clown drove through the checkpoint… and he was pulled over because he “looked nervous.” (Good grief. Ya' think they would have a buddy drive ahead and scout out whether the checkpoint was opened before driving through. They have heard of cell phones, right?) As often as the border patrol nabs nervous-looking drug traffickers at that checkpoint (which is often), it really makes me wonder just how many traffickers are getting through. (I suspect a lot.) Kudos to the alert border patrol officers. However… we REALLY need to come up with a better way to keep drugs out of the hands of teenagers and addicted adults. Our DEA-enforced “crime and punishment” approach isn’t working. We need to face the facts that we have spent $1 trillion dollars over the last 40 years fighting Nixon’s Drug War… and we are beaten. The Mexican Drug Cartels have won and are making billions.
Paul June 09, 2012 at 09:37 AM
This was a tractor trailer going through the truck check place. Isn't the truck lane always open, or maybe not. I assumes it is. The other two stories about the hidden meth were in cars and much of the time the car lanes are not manned, so probably a lot of meth or cocaine does get through. Although I wonder whether a lot of the time they really have a tip to watch for a vehicle that detectives have been watching. Like that young man recently with over $200,000 in the door panels.
Paul June 09, 2012 at 09:47 AM
I wonder whether a normal person with no drugs and nothing else wrong, might be pulled over just for looking nervous. I wonder if someone who has gone through without question a hundred times already would like to test this by pretending to look nervous. I am curious, but don't have the time to try this out. Also have 200 or 300 pounds of concrete blocks in the trunk as if like a perswon is hidden there might cause a special look.
Paul June 09, 2012 at 09:59 AM
Of course the main issue here is the failed war on marijuana. Nixon's special task force on drugs told him that marijuana was not serious health or behavior risk and should be legalized. However Nixon was still alarmed at the hippe movement and all the youth that wanted to smoke pot and protest the war, so he tried to wipe it out. I do not remember exdactly, something like forty million asmericans given a felony record for marijuana, Many are still being sentenced to prison in our ore primative states becasuse of the outrageous lies about it being a schedule one drug ruled by the DEA. The DEA is being sued currtently in federal court by two states and by the ASA and other groups, over this outrage and can certainly prove the DEA wrong IF they are able to get in to evidence the recent medical research clearly and absolutely NOT a drug schedule one drug.
Paul June 09, 2012 at 10:23 AM
The DEA has sent agents allover California, Washington, Oregon, Montania, and other states that have legalized medical marijuana to go into fields and dispensaries including many of those that were approved by local city councils and even local police and sheriffs and "stolen" all the money, computers, and medical marijuna inside. As a result of closing so many legal or good faith collectives the growers that were abiding by the state and local laws can not recover their expenses. These were growing the medicene carefully from contamination from mold and pesticide. So inmany comminities this has opened the door to illegal street drug dealers all over those communities. Result: Persons who have a real medical need are having to take a risk of being cheated with cheap ineffective junk or contaminated marijuana. But that is not all. This opens the market for the marijuana grown by cartels by street dealers all over the place AND these may be the kind of dealers who will try to upsell their clients to meth or cocaine or whatever. A city or county licensed dispensary for medical marijuana does not upsell like that because it would mean loosing their permit, as will as likely arrest. Also the MMJ growers and dispensary operators are as pleased as anyone else when the DEA agents cut down illegal grows in the mountains and state parks etc. but in many towns they came in and cut down legal grows.


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