Border Agents Just Made the Second-Largest Meth Bust In CBP History

Brittany M. Hughes | October 13, 2020
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Border agents made the second-largest meth and fentanyl drug bust in the agency's history this week, apprehending more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl, heroin and other substances in a truck trying to cross the Southwest U.S. border last Sunday.

Agents say the truck was attempting to pass through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego when CBP notied “suspicious materials” near the rear of the truck. A dog then alerted to the presence of drugs.

Nothing, however, could have prepared them for the amount they’d find.

Officials said that upon opening up the truck, they found a stunning 1,816 packages mixed in with medical supplies, including 3,014 pounds of meth, 64 pounds of heroin, another 29 pounds of fentanyl powder, and nearly 37 pounds of fentanyl pills. Altogether, the cache carried an estimated street value of $7.2 million.

The 47-year-old Mexican citizen who was driving the truck was immediately arrested. 

The bust comes just days after border agents at the Port of Nogales seized 800 pounds of meth and another nine pounds of fentanyl stuffed alongside boxes of vegetables. The roughly $2 million haul marks the the largest meth seizure in history at CBP's Arizona ports.


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