CA: Truckers busted smuggling meth, fentanyl into U.S.

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Truckers busted at border with meth, fentanyl

A trucker was arrested in San Diego last week when more than 300 pounds of illegal drugs were found in a truck at a border crossing checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa, California, cargo port of entry Thursday, July 23, seized 286 pounds of methamphetamine and 26 pounds of fentanyl hidden in the sleeper cab of a tractor-trailer truck.

The CBP said in a statement a driver arrived at the commercial border crossing with a load of recycled cardboard. Officers referred the truck and driver for an imaging scan and an in-depth examination at the dock, during which they found anomalies in the cab of the truck.

Inside the truck, an officer lifted the sleeper compartment and found two black duffel bags hidden inside. Officers removed 64 cellophane-wrapped packages, 59 of which contained methamphetamine and five that contained fentanyl.

CBP officers seized the narcotics, tractor and trailer.  The driver, a 36-year-old Mexican citizen with a valid B1/B2 border-crossing card, was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center to face federal charges.

A few days earlier, on July 19, Border Patrol agents at the same port of entry near San Diego seized more than 600 pounds of meth from a tractor-trailer. CBP officers encountered the truck driven by a 31-year-old Mexican citizen with a shipment manifested as “mint leaves and other spices.”

During an X-ray exam of the truck, officers identified anomalies in the shipment and sent the truck to a dock for a more intensive examination. CBP agents probed the boxes and discovered a crystal-like substance that field tested positive for the properties of methamphetamine.  CBP officers extracted 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine weighing 614 pounds co-mingled with the green onions.

The driver was turn over to Homeland Security Investigations for further processing. The seized methamphetamine has an estimated street value of $1.4 million. CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer and narcotics.

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