Mexican Truck Driver Arrested in $18 MILLION Drug Bust at U.S. Southern Border
Laredo, TX — A truck driver from Mexico is facing drug smuggling charges after he was arrested in a drug bust U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials estimated to be valued at more than $18 million.
The incident occurred on Friday, May 6, at the World Trade Bridge.
CBP said agents referred a 2013 International tractor hauling a shipment of stainless-steel scrap for a secondary inspection.
Following a canine and non-intrusive imaging system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 912.82 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within trailer.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $18,253,206.
The truck, driven by a 33-year-old male Mexican citizen arriving from Mexico, was taken into custody, CBP confirmed.
CBP seized the narcotics and the tractor.
“Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “Large-scale seizures, such as this one, provide an excellent example of border security management and how it helps prevent illicit contraband from reaching our communities.”
The incident is under further investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.