15 tons of marijuana seized at US-Mexico border

More than 1,200 packages of marijuana valued at nearly $19 million were seized Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from a truck-trailer at the Otay Mesa border crossing. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Federal authorities seized more than 15 tons of marijuana at the Otay Mesa border crossing south of San Diego Thursday.

Customs agents say a 46-year-old truck driver tried to cross into California with 1,200 packages of marijuana valued at nearly $19 million.

The truck-trailer was stacked from floor to ceiling with plastic-wrapped packages of marijuana. It was also carrying mattresses and cushions.

The driver, a Mexican citizen with a valid border crossing card, has been turned over to customs agents. His border crossing card has been canceled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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