Trucker Busted Hauling Boulders With $3.9 MILLION of Drugs Hidden Inside
Tecate, CA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) discovered close to $4 million in narcotics concealed inside of large quartz boulders this week at the Tecate cargo crossing.
The creative big rig drug bust occurred on Monday, September 14 at approximately 10:45 a.m.
A truck driver arrived at the Tecate border crossing with a shipment listed on the trucking manifest as multiple tons of beach pebbles and stones.
The CBP officer completing the inspection referred the driver, truck, and shipment to the dock.
At the dock, a CBP reported an officer noticed “discrepancies” with the shipment.
A CBP canine team screened the shipment, which resulted positive for narcotics.
Officers then searched the tractor-trailer and cargo which CBP said contained “various rocks.”
The boulders were broken open and officers found 229 packages wrapped with black electrical tape and cemented inside of the stones.
A total of 104 packages of methamphetamine weighing 337 pounds and 125 packages of cocaine weighing 223 pounds were seized by CBP officers.
The total narcotics seizure is estimated to carry a street value of almost $3.9 million.
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CBP also seized the tractor-trailer and the entire shipment.
The driver was not identified and it is unknown at this time if he/she will face charges.
“Hard to believe, but this isn’t the first time CBP officers in California have had to actually break open rocks or other items to get at the narcotics that drug trafficking organizations have hidden inside,” said Jose Haro, officer in charge of the Tecate port of entry. “Our officers are well-trained to notice discrepancies to stop drug shipments like this from making their way into our communities.”
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