12 Tons of Marijuana Hidden in Electronics Is Target of Truck Heist

Monday, 09 Dec 2013 11:13 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A trailer with 12 tons of marijuana hidden inside was the target of an attempted roadside heist in California Monday morning, but the truck's driver, apparently unaware that $7 million in pot was included in his electronics cargo, refused to stop his rig.

The driver who was transporting the cargo from San Diego into Orange County told police that two men in a van appeared alongside his rig and flashed a badge he did not recognize and ordered him to pull over to the side of the road. Believing the two weren't police, the trucker pulled over to a local business where asked an armed guard to call the police.

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"Suspicious of the unprofessional look and demeanor of the subjects, the driver pulled into a local business, where an armed security guard was stationed and police were notified," Sgt. Andrew Birozy told CBS Los Angeles. "The van lingered in the area for a time, but fled before officers arrived."

The van drove away before police arrived at the scene, KABC-TV Los Angeles reported.

Police inspected the trailer's cargo and discovered 24,000 pounds of marijuana packed neatly in bricks, hidden within boxes, NBC Los Angeles reported.

According to authorities, the driver didn't knowingly transport the illegal cargo and is not being treated as a suspect in the investigation.

NBC News reported that the driver of the van was a male Hispanic, approximately 30 years old with a shaved head, dressed in gray plaid shorts. The van passenger was also described as a male Hispanic with a thin build sporting what appeared to the driver to be a black ballistic-type vest.

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The marijuana bricks have since been turned over to a drug task force which, according to the Associated Press, is overseeing the investigation.

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