Trucker Arrested in $30.5 MILLION Big Rig Meth Smuggling Bust
Pharr, TX – Agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thwarted a massive $30.5 million drug smuggling attempt from Mexico into the U.S. last week.
On Thursday, July 9, CBP officials referred a 1988 Volvo pulling a 2010 Utility trailer entering the U.S. for a secondary inspection at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge.
The truck was driven by a 35-year-old male from Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and was hauling a load of fresh onions.
Agents utilized non-intrusive imagining technology on the tractor-trailer as well as physically inspecting the truck.
At that time, officers discovered 221 packages of alleged meth concealed within the roof of the Utility trailer.
The total weight of the narcotics equalled 1,527 pounds.
Its street value is estimated to be $30,556,000.
“This is certainly a substantial amount of methamphetamine that won’t make its final destination in the U.S. and seizing these harmful narcotics will most definitely help keep our communities safer,” Carlos Rodriguez, Port Director of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas, said in a statement.
The semi-truck and trailer, as well as the drugs, were seized by CBP.
Additionally, the truck driver was arrested.
An investigation is underway by Homeland Security Investigations.
Also last Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced charges had been dropped against a Canadian resident in a record $20 million drug bust that occurred at the at the U.S.-Canada border in June.
The 9,472 pounds shipment of marijuana was the largest narcotics seizure recorded on the northern border and the 23rd largest in the United States, for a period covering the last five years.
See why the charges were dropped HERE.