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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers execute second largest meth bust in agency's history

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Oct 12, 2020

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers executed the second largest methamphetamine bust along the southwest borders in CBP's history, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

A DEA press release states that a driver of a tractor-trailer allegedly transporting medical supplies, pulled up to the Otay Mesa cargo border in San Diego Friday morning, which prompted additional inspection.

Imaging systems, similar to an x-ray were used to investigate the trailer, revealing suspicious components in the back of the trailer.

Officers offloaded more than 1,800 packages mixed with medical supplies. That's when they discovered more than 3100 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder, and almost 37 pounds of fentanyl pills. The narcotics are estimated to have a street value of $7.2 million, according to the press release.

“This massive seizure is a 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. “DEA cherishes our great law enforcement partners in San Diego, especially those who work tirelessly to protect our nation’s borders. We will continue to work together to disrupt drug trafficking organizations at every opportunity we are given.”

The DEA and Homeland Security Investigations assisted in the bust, leading to the arrest of the 47-year-old driver, who officials say is a Mexican citizen.