Police impersonators tried to hijack a big rig that was carrying 12 tons of marijuana Monday morning. The failed attempted heist was discovered after police in Tustin, Calif. responded to a call from a truck driver who called police fearing hijackers were trying to take his cargo of electronics. As reported by KABC-TV Friday, the truck driver was unknowingly hauling 12 tons of marijuana along with electronics that were on his tractor-trailer.
According to the truck driver's testimony to police, two men in a white van pulled alongside his truck while moving on the road. The passenger flashed an unknown type of badge and ordered the driver to pull over.
Police said the truck driver was suspicious because the men looked unprofessional and instead of pulling over on the side of the road, he pulled into a local business that had an armed security guard stationed. He then dialed 911 but the men, who were identified as being Hispanic and in their 30s, fled the scene before police arrived.
A police investigation revealed that no law enforcement agencies were involved in trying to stop the truck.
Authorities discovered the 12 tons of marijuana, which was packaged in bricks and hidden in boxes among the electronics, after conducting a search of the vehicle.
The marijuana is estimated to be valued at $7 million and the truck driver was not suspected of involvement in the illegal cargo, police said.
The suspects remain at large and police are urging anyone with information regarding this case to contact Tustin Police Detective Haug at (714) 573-3246.