EAST COUNTY — U.S. Border Patrol agents at a Pine Valley checkpoint on Interstate 8 found more than $1.5 million worth of marijuana hidden behind a false wall in a big rig Sunday night.
The nervous demeanor of the truck driver, a 55-year-old El Salvadoran man, led agents to take a closer look at the tractor-trailer, which arrived at the checkpoint about 11 p.m., Border Patrol spokeswoman Mary Beth Caston said.
A drug-sniffing dog reacted to the trailer, and a search by agents turned up the false wall. Behind it: a little more than 1,000 pounds of pot with a street value of $1.5 million, Caston said.
The driver and drugs were turned over to a multi-agency drug task force, and the Border Patrol seized the tractor-trailer.
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Nov. 5, 2012
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