$3 MILLION of Liquid Meth Found in Fuel Tanks of Big Rig Hauling Auto Parts From Mexico
Pharr, TX – A common tactic used by drug smugglers is concealing narcotics within big rig fuel tanks.
That is exactly what happened in a recent bust in Texas.
On June 19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility referred a truck with a commercial shipment of automotive parts arriving from Mexico for further inspection.
Officers conducting the secondary inspection conducted a thorough examination which ultimately resulted in the discovery of 155.5 lbs. (70.5 kgs) of alleged liquid methamphetamine concealed within the truck’s fuel tanks.
The alleged liquid methamphetamine was estimated to have a street value of $3,108,000.
“This was an outstanding interception of hard narcotics that our officers accomplished utilizing all available tools and resources,” said Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “Our officers’ resourcefulness and thoroughness in conducting their enforcement examinations counter schemes utilized by drug-smuggling organizations.”
CBP seized the narcotics along with the shipment and subsequently the case was turned over to agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The identity of the trucker has not yet been released as the investigation is ongoing.