CA: $7.2 million in meth, heroin, fentanyl found at Otay Mesa border crossing in San Diego

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U.S. authorities seized more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills and heroin at the Otay Mesa border crossing

U.S. authorities seized more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills and heroin at the Otay Mesa border crossing with Mexico on Friday and officials said it was the second-largest single meth bust on the southwestern border in the history of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

CBP officers found approximately 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder, and almost 37 pounds of fentanyl pills, worth an estimated $7.2 million.

The seizure happened about 9:45 a.m. Friday when a driver arrived at the cargo border crossing with a tractor-trailer shipment that was manifested as medical supplies, U.S. Customs officials said. An officer decided to refer the driver, truck, and shipment for a more intensive inspection, in part based on information from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Homeland Security investigations.

“Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border and because of the partnership between CBP, Homeland Security investigations and DEA this significant seizure occurred and we stopped them,” Anne Maricich, acting CBP director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement announcing the seizure. “I’m proud of the CBP officers’ dedication to our mission; they continue to stop dangerous drugs from entering our communities.”

After screening the truck using the port’s imaging system, CBP officers continued their investigation with the help of drug-sniffing dogs. Officers discovered 1,816 packages scattered among the medical supplies in the truck that primarily contained clear plastic pipette tips, spray bottles of surface decontaminate and calibrated pipette tools.

The driver, a 47–year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested and turned over the custody of the joint investigative team from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration. His name was not released.

“This massive seizure is testament of what law enforcement agencies can do when we combine forces – prevent over $7 million worth of deadly drugs from entering our country; thus saving countless lives from addiction and overdose deaths,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery.

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