Mexican Trucker Hauling Medical Supplies Charged in $5.5 MILLION Big Rig Meth Bust
San Diego, CA – A Mexican trucker will face criminal smuggling charges after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers discovered more than a ton of methamphetamine over the weekend.
The massive big rig bust occurred on Saturday, May 15, at approximately 9:45 a.m. at the Otay Mesa Commercial Facility.
According to CBP, a tractor-trailer loaded with “various medical supplies” was referred for a secondary inspection including an x-ray screening.
CBP officers screened the truck using the port’s imaging system and “found anomalies” within the cargo shipment.
The truck was moved to an inspection dock where a CBP officer with a canine screened the boxes of cargo.
The dog alerted to one of the pallets and officers offloaded the shipment to discover 120 packages commingled with the medical supplies.
CBP officers seized approximately 2,425 pounds of methamphetamine worth an estimated $5.5 million.
The driver, who was only identified as a 29-year-old Mexican male, was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.
CBP informed that the trucker will face federal criminal charges and has been transported to the Metropolitan Correctional Center.