Trucker Hauling Load of Cookies From Mexico Busted With $3 MILLION in Meth
Laredo, TX – A big rig hauling a load of cookies from Mexico into the United States last week was discovered to be transporting quite a bit more.
On Friday, September 25, officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Laredo Port of Entry encountered a 2007 International tractor-trailer at the World Trade Bridge.
The truck’s manifest stated it was hauling a shipment of cookies.
For undisclosed reasons, CBP officials referred the truck for a K9 and non-intrusive imaging inspection.
The secondary inspections revealed a total of 105 packages of alleged methamphetamine discovered within the trailer.
CBP said the packages weighed 164.59 lbs.
The estimated street value of the suspected meth is $3,291,908.
The semi and narcotics were seized by CBP officials and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
No additional information was given about the truck’s driver.
“CBP has seen a significant uptick in attempts to smuggle methamphetamine at ports of entry,” said Acting Port Director Andrew Douglas, Laredo Port of Entry, following the seizure.
“CBP officers utilize inspections experience and couple that with advanced imaging technology to detect, interdict and seize illicit narcotics arriving at the port of entry,” Douglas continued.
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