Millions of Dollars in Meth Discovered Hidden in Speakers and Big Rig’s Sleeper
San Diego, CA; Laredo, TX – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made two large methamphetamine seizures from big rigs on the same day last week.
Two major big rig drug busts occurred on Thursday, July 23.
At approximately 7 a.m., CBP officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry in San Diego seized 286 pounds of methamphetamine and 26 pounds of fentanyl hidden in the sleeper cab of a tractor-trailer.
CBP said a truck driver arrived at the commercial border crossing with a shipment of recycled cardboard.
When officers referred the truck and driver for a non-intrusive imaging scan and an in-depth examination at the dock, officials found “anomalies” in the cab of the truck.
Another CBP officer went in to inspect the truck cab.
The CBP officer lifted the sleeper compartment and found two black duffel bags hidden inside.
CBP officers removed 64 cellophane-wrapped packages from inside the bags… 59 of the packages contained methamphetamine and five contained fentanyl.
CBP officers seized the narcotics, tractor and trailer.
The driver, a 36-year-old Mexican citizen with a valid B1/B2 border-crossing card, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center to face federal charges.
CBP Finds $3.8 MILLION in Meth Hidden in Speakers
Also in the early morning hours on Thursday at the Interstate 35 checkpoint in Laredo, TX, CBP agents made a discovery of 119.49 pounds of meth.
According to CBP, a tractor-trailer arrived to the checkpoint and during an immigration inspection of the driver, a K-9 alerted to the trailer.
Upon secondary inspection, CBP agents found 12 bundles of meth hidden inside four speakers within the trailer.
The narcotics have an estimated street value of $3.824 million.
The drugs, tractor and trailer were seized and the case was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for further investigation.