CBP seizes $11.9 million worth of meth, largest arrest at Texas port of entry

Last week, US Customs and Border Protection announced the largest methamphetamine arrest at the Del Rio port of entry. Officers seized $11.9 million worth of narcotics found inside a semi-truck.

On Labor Day at the Del Rio International Bridge, a Customs and Border Protection The officer requested a second inspection for a truck transporting diesel tank containers. Authorities conducted a non-contact inspection of the vehicle using a sniffer dog to detect possible drugs.

The second inspection uncovered 320 packages containing 1,337 pounds of suspected methamphetamine. Customs and Border Protection estimated the street value of the drugs at $11.9 million.

“This is a massive methamphetamine seizure, the largest in the history of the port, and reflects our officers’ unwavering commitment to the CBP Border Security Mission and their effective use of technology, training and experience,” said Port Director Liliana Flores.

Special agents from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security are currently investigating the narcotics and investigating the seizure.

Last week’s record-breaking bust far exceeded all methamphetamine seizures at the port of entry in fiscal year 2021. From October 2020 to September 2021, the Del Rio sector reported Conducted 79 searches leading to the seizure of 255 pounds of meth.

On Thursday, Customs and Border Protection announced the search for five criminals operating in the Del Rio area as part of the “Se Busca Información” campaign. The campaign was launched in 2016 by the US Border Protection Agency and the Mexican government to crack down on people smugglers and drug traffickers. CBP reported that photos of the five people had been placed on billboards and billboards in the area.

“People smugglers work for opportunistic criminal organizations that have no regard for human life,” said Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens of the Del Rio Sector. “Through this initiative, community members on both sides of the border are providing us with information on those who are endangering the lives of vulnerable families and children.”

The Del Rio Sector covers 53,063 square miles of Texas and includes mostly farm and ranch land. CBP referred to the sector as “main stage area‘ for drug and people smuggling operations.

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Laura Coffey

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