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Single Meth Bust Worth $18 Million Seized at Border

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Meth seized at border | Image by CBP

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According to the U.S. Customs Border Patrol (CBP), a semi-trailer truck was stopped after it attempted to cross the southern border into Laredo, Texas, from Mexico.

On May 6, 33-year-old Luis Alberto Garza-Cisneros, the driver of the 2013 international tractor, drove to the World Trade Bridge and was referred by CBP for a secondary inspection.

The tractor’s diesel tanks were found to have irregularities after an X-ray scan and canine examination. Officers from CBP then retrieved 120 gallons of liquid from compartments located inside the diesel tanks. According to a press release, the substance was allegedly determined to be 912.82 pounds of meth.

“Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Port Director Alberto Flores of the Laredo Port Entry. “Large-scale seizures, such as this one, provide an excellent example of border security management and how it helps prevent illicit contraband from reaching our communities.”

Garza-Cisneros was charged with attempting to import a controlled substance and conspiring to do so.

According to CBP officers, the narcotics had a street value of $18,253,206.

Special agents from Homeland Security Investigations took over the investigation.

Also, on May 6, CBP officers conducting special operations at the Del Rio International Bridge came across a 2013 passenger vehicle. They referred it for additional inspection via non-intrusive inspection equipment and a canine search.

Officers discovered seven packages containing 18.87 pounds of cocaine hidden within the vehicle after performing a secondary inspection. The narcotics are believed to be worth $145,520 in street value.

The identity of the driver or the charges faced were not released.

“Our CBP officers continue to utilize their inspectional tactics and techniques to examine travelers and vehicles as they enter the port of entry,” said Port Director Liliana Flores of the Del Rio Port of Entry. “This seizure is another example of the dedication of our officers to prevent dangerous drugs from entering our community.”       

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