Police Seize $340 Million Worth of Marijuana During Routine Baja Patrol
October 19, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News) – Police patrolling a Baja, CA street made a surprising discovery yesterday when they came across 105 tons of marijuana in a warehouse along the Mexican border. Worth about $340 million, the drugs were believed to have originated in Mexico but were bound for U.S. distribution, according to the L.A. Times.The police were routinely patrolling the area when they noticed a suspicious convoy escorting a tractor-trailer as it left a Baja warehouse. The police engaged in a shootout, after which police officers got information indicating that drugs were being stored in the warehouse. Officers found 10,000 packages of marijuana there, as well as smaller amounts in two homes that the suspects had identified. The wrapped 10,000 packages, came in different colors and labeled with apparently coded phrases and pictures that included Homer Simpson – would be incinerated immediately after the weighing and counting is completed.
Baja is a “staging ground” for drug smugglers operating out of Tijuana, the L.A. Times reports, and this bust is considered a major victory in the war against the often-violent Mexican drug cartels.