Truck at Otay Mesa border crossing. Photo courtesy Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Federal agents staffing the Otay Mesa Port of Entry over the weekend foiled an attempt to smuggle about 3,400 pounds of marijuana into the United States inside a big rig hauling a shipment of mango pulp.

The tractor-trailer entered the inspection facility in southwestern San Diego County about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported Monday.

Agents using an imaging system to check the contents of the vehicle spotted suspicious-looking objects and sent in a service dog, which alerted them to the presence of contraband.

They found the cannabis, valued at roughly $4 million, in packages that had been concealed behind the legitimate cargo.

Officers arrested the driver and seized the marijuana and truck.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.