Feds Seize “Staggering” Load of Drugs From Big Rig Hauling for Notorious Mexican Cartel
Dallas, TX – Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently made the largest drug seizure in Dallas-Fort Worth’s history.
On October 8, 2020, DEA agents with the Dallas division stopped a big rig suspected of hauling narcotics along Interstate 35 in Denton County.
A search of the trailer revealed a “staggering” amount of methamphetamine, according to Eduardo Chavez, special agent in charge for DEA Dallas.
Agents found 663 packages of meth with an estimated street value of more than $45 million.
Chavez said the packages of drugs, which altogether weighed more than 1,930 lbs., were concealed in a hidden compartment in the trailer.
Chavez made the announcement of the record-breaking bust last week for the first time due to the sensitive nature of the Dallas DEA’s ongoing investigation efforts into Mexican drug cartels known as Operation Crystal Shield.
In fact, the identity of the truck driver remains undisclosed.
“We still have more targets on our sights,” Chavez told local outlet WFAA. “At this point, we want to not give up those opportunities because when we come, we’d like for it to be a surprise.”
Chavez did reveal the shipment likely belonged to the notorious Mexican cartel known as the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).
The CJNG’s brutal tactics are well-known in Mexico.
As an example, CJNG is alleged to have assassinated the governor of Jalisco among many other horrific crimes.
In August of last year, a federal grand jury indicted 28 members of CJNG for allegedly running a money laundering operation out of a southeast Dallas clothing store.
Court documents allege the operation laundered more than $10 million since 2015.
According to Chavez, the drugs seized in October’s bust were likely destined for markets like Chicago, St. Louis, and Atlanta.
He also noted an emerging trend since border travel restrictions were imposed due to the pandemic.
Since traffickers are unable to send as many shipments across the border, they are increasingly using big rigs to haul bigger loads, he explained.
“Drug trafficking organizations ended up with stockpiles on both sides of the border because they just didn’t want to stick out as much, and, now, they have resorted to having to take bigger risks,” Chavez stated.
Further, Chavez indicated he expects this historic drug seizure will lead to gaining better insights into CJNG’s operational execution and how best to thwart future plots.
“We take one of these seizures and try to expand the network, try to identify perhaps what other ones have gotten through,” he commented.
Photo courtesy of Dallas DEA