Feds Seize $11 MILLION Worth of Meth Hidden in Big Rig From Mexico
Laredo, TX – Over $11 million of hard narcotics was seized from a tractor-trailer entering the U.S. from Mexico last week.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations in Laredo, the seizure occurred on Tuesday, May 12 at the World Trade Bridge.
A 2005 Freightliner entering the country from Mexico hauling a shipment of plastic floor panels was referred for a K-9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
The secondary inspection resulted in the discovery of approximately 557 lbs. of suspected methamphetamine concealed within the shipment of floor panels.
The estimated street value of the narcotics is $11,145,575, CPB said.
The shipment was seized by law enforcement and the case was given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
Authorities did not release the name, age or nationality of the truck’s driver.
Additionally, CPB did not say if the trucker was arrested.
In a similar incident last month, a 45-year-old truck driver was charged for attempting to smuggle over $11.5 million of meth, also at the World Trade Bridge.
Mexican trucker Salvador Hernandez Palma was hauling a shipment of stone tile when his big rig was referred for a secondary inspection and authorities located the narcotics.
Read the details of that bust HERE.
“Even though anti-terrorism is our primary mission, CBP officers maintain their vigilance to ensure commercial entries are safe and free of contraband,” said Port Director Gregory Alvarez, Laredo Port of Entry.