U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, with the help of West Covina police, have seized about 3,500 pounds of marijuana in an industrial area of Cerritos, California. The marijuana was found on a tractor-trailer police say originated from Mexico. Makeshift crates that had been disguised to look like stacks of lumber were used to hide the marijuana. The crates were located at the front of the trailer and were hidden behind legitimate cargo. Seven of the crates were found inside the truck, containing about 500 pounds of marijuana in each.
Police have not released details of what led them to the marijuana stash. They also have not said which specific business the truck was found at or who owned the truck because it is likely the involved businesses were not aware of the marijuana. Nobody was inside the truck or in the area during the bust and no arrests have been made. Although it is still early in the investigation, police believe the marijuana belongs to one of the larger known drug cartels operating in Mexico.
“Any time you have a load that big, it’s going to go through cartels or major narcotics traffickers,” West Covina police Lt. Paul LaCommare said. “At this point, we’re investigating to see who’s involved.”