Authorities last week seized more than 3,100 pounds of meth — along with heroin, fentanyl powder and fentanyl pills — in what officials are calling the second-largest meth bust in border patrol history.
The U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection said the bust at the Otay Mesa border crossing on the Mexico-California border yielded 3,014 pounds of meth, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder and nearly 37 pounds of fentanyl pills.
At about 9:45 a.m. Oct. 9, the driver of a semitrailer pulled into the border crossing with what was listed as medical supplies, border patrol said. A scan showed anomalies in the rear of the trailer. After offloading the shipment, agents found more than 1,800 packages containing the drugs mixed in with packages of medical supplies.
CBP said the drugs were worth an estimated $7.2 million.
“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 John W. Callery, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge.
The driver, a 47-year-old Mexican national, was arrested and faces criminal charges.