Feds Reveal Why Mexican Cartels Are Using More Big Rigs in Smuggling Operations
Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is again warning about a surge in big rigs being used in cross-border smuggling operations.
Last Friday at a press conference in Laredo, CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan indicated Mexican cartels are increasingly utilizing commercial trucks in their narcotics and human smuggling efforts due to the ongoing cross-border passenger vehicle travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What they [cartels] are doing is they are going to commercial conveyances, the trucks, and they’re using that more than they were before,” Morgan said. “Right here in Laredo, what do we have? We have the busiest port of entry for commercial trucking in the entire United States.”
Since July, Acting Commissioner Morgan revealed drug seizures at the U.S.-Mexico border have increased by a disturbing 56 percent.
“There has been a significant increase in all hard narcotics seized along the U.S.-Mexico border by agents — heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine,” Morgan said. “What’s really noticeable is we’ve seen an incredible increase in methamphetamine across the board.”
There are no “days off” for human smugglers, cartels, & drug trafficking networks. They relentlessly attempt to move narcotics and other dangerous & deadly drugs across our borders and are always finding new ways to smuggle contraband. pic.twitter.com/6w7FJUvmdH
— CBP Mark Morgan (@CBPMarkMorgan) September 4, 2020
In fact, Morgan said seizures of meth at the Mexican border have increased almost 70 percent month-to-month since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
“Right here in Laredo, just five seizures have yielded 1,900 pounds of methamphetamine worth more than $34 million,” he commented.
CBP continues to disrupt multiple big rig human smuggling plots on an almost weekly basis.
It has become so pervasive during the pandemic that CBP has issued numerous calls to action urging the public to be vigilant for any signs of suspicious activity around big rigs.