Three Truck Drivers Busted Smuggling $1.3M in Meth, Cocaine and Fentanyl From Mexico
Laredo, TX – Three truck drivers were arrested last week attempting to smuggle more than $1.3 million of illegal narcotics into the United States from Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said each of the three separate incidents occurred at the World Trade Bridge.
The first enforcement action happened on Monday, June 28, after CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a 2020 Freightliner.
The shipment and the truck were referred for a K-9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 11.11 pounds of alleged methamphetamine.
The second enforcement action occurred later that evening, after CBP officers encountered a 2020 International tractor manifesting a shipment of plastic scrap.
It too was referred for further examination leading to the discovery of packages containing 19.75 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, 32.67 pounds of alleged cocaine and 22.88 pounds of alleged fentanyl concealed within the shipment.
The following day CBP officers encountered a 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer and referred it for a K-9 and non-intrusive imaging system inspection.
CBP reported that agents found 7.05 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment.
In total, CBP estimated the combined street value of the seized narcotics to be $1,321,721.
The vehicles were also seized, but the identities of the truckers were not revealed as the cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents.