Discovering 12 tons of marijuana in the back of a trailer this week is one surprising story in the U.S. this week, as a fake badge was used by two at-large individuals in an attempted marijuana heist. The pot hijacking was prevented by a driver suspicious of the two men, who believed they didn’t look professional enough to be police officers, Syracuse News reports this Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.
Roughly 12 tons of marijuana, equivalent to about $7 million, were found stowed away in the electronics cargo of a tractor-trailer rig, and cops say that the driver didn’t even know he was carrying the pot order. The attempted hijacking occurred on Dec. 2 during a routine run the trucker was making in his travels from San Diego to Tustin, Calif., carrying electronics and other wares.
Early in the morning, a white van carrying two men drove up alongside the trailer, flashing a badge and pointing to have the man pull over. The driver didn’t believe these two “cops” right away, and claimed the police badge even looked fake, so he decided to drive on until reaching a local station with a security guard.
The white van fled before law enforcement officers could make it to the scene. It is believed at this time that the two men knew about the 12 tons of pot in the back of the tractor trailer, and were trying to stage a heist on the unknowing driver.
An estimated 24,000 pounds of weed that had been set into bricks and hidden within the cargo boxes were discovered in the rig.
According to the truck driver’s statement, he “honestly had no idea” that the 12 tons of pot had been secretly stashed inside the cargo of his truck, and though an investigation into the curious case continues, no arrests have been made in this failed hijacking attempt.