Mexican Trucker Charged in Record Big Rig Drug Smuggling Bust at U.S. Southern Border
Otay Mesa, CA – A Mexican trucker is facing charges after he was arrested last week by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a record drug smuggling bust.
On Thursday, August 5, 2021, at approximately 5:24 p.m., CBP officers at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility encountered the driver of a tractor and trailer hauling a shipment of plastic household articles.
During the inspection, a CBP officer referred the driver along with the shipment for an intensive examination.
CBP said officers screened both the tractor and trailer using the port’s imaging system — which is similar to an x-ray scan — and found anomalies within the trailer.
Further examination by a CBP canine team alerted officials to narcotics inside of the trailer.
CBP officers searched the cargo and discovered a combination of 414 packages consisting of methamphetamine and fentanyl concealed within boxes.
CBP officers removed approximately 5,528 lbs. of methamphetamine, and 127 lbs. of fentanyl powder worth an estimated $12,990,749 million.
Officials confirmed this is the largest methamphetamine drug smuggling seizure along the southwest border in U.S. history.
The 53-year-old Mexican male driver was taken into custody and is currently facing federal charges.
He was transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego.
CBP officers also seized the tractor, trailer, and narcotics.