Canadian Trucker Arrested in Recent Border Drug Busts Valued at More Than $5 MILLION
Sweetgrass, MT/Laredo, TX – A Canadian trucker is among those who were arrested in recent big rig drug busts estimated to be valued at more than $5 million.
On January 30, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Area Port of Sweetgrass seized 240 pounds of cocaine from a big rig operated by a Canadian citizen.
The male truck driver, whose identity was not disclosed, was attempting to cross into Canada when officers interdicted.
He was arrested and the truck and trailer were seized along with the narcotics.
Officials did not estimate as to how much the drugs were worth.
Then, on February 8, CBP agents at the Laredo Port of Entry seized a shipment narcotics from a big rig valued at more than $5 million.
The drug bust occurred during the evening hours when officers encountered a tractor hauling an empty trailer arriving from Mexico.
The 2010 International tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 50 packages containing 255.55 pounds of alleged methamphetamine discovered within the trailer.
CBP said the narcotics have an estimated street value of $5,111,144.
Officials did not provide any information about the truck driver involved in this incident.
However, officers seized the narcotics and the trailer.
The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation.
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