$35 MILLION in Meth and Two Tons of Marijuana Seized in Busy Week of Big Rig Busts
Laredo, TX; Buffalo, NY; Hidalgo, TX; Pharr, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) seized more than $35 million in methamphetamine and two tons of marijuana in four recent big rig drug busts.
The first occurred on August 10 when CBP agents at the World Trade Bridge and Juarez-Lincoln Bridge intercepted a tractor-trailer manifesting acrylic polymers.
The 2009 Kenworth tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 10 packages containing 474.17 pounds of alleged methamphetamine discovered within the consignment.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $9.483 million, CBP said.
On that same day CBP officers at the Port of Buffalo seized 3,836 lbs. of marijuana in a commercial shipment.
CBP agents assigned to the Peace Bridge selected a commercial shipment manifested as 7 skids of lighting, for further examination.
Upon inspection of the shipment, 14 wooden pallet boxes were located.
An internal inspection of the pallets revealed numerous cardboard boxes that had been filled with vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana.
The marijuana was determined to have an estimated street value of more than $8 million dollars.
On August 15, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility selected a tractor-trailer with fresh mangoes for further inspection.
After a thorough examination, officers discovered 48 packages of alleged methamphetamine concealed within the truck.
These narcotics weighed 319.70 pounds (145 kg) and are valued at $6.393 million CBP reported.
Then, the following day, August 19, CBP officers assigned to the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge cargo facility referred a big rig arriving from Mexico for further inspection.
Upon further examination, CBP agents discovered 875 packages of alleged methamphetamine hidden within the trailer’s roof.
The total weight of the load of narcotics was 887.36 pounds (402.5 kg) and it is valued at $17.747 million.
In each instance CBP seized the vehicles along with the narcotics and the cases remain under investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).