METHAMPHETAMINE WORTH OVER $60 MILLION DISCOVERED IN SMUGGLING ATTEMPT

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$60 million in drugs were found hidden in frozen vegetables during smuggling attempt

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge and World Trade Bridge seized hard narcotics valued at $60 million in two separate, unrelated enforcement actions.

The first enforcement action occurred on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling an empty trailer from Mexico.

The 2006 Freight-liner tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 618 packages containing 1988.12 pounds of methamphetamine discovered within the trailer. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $39,762,165.

The second seizure occurred on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at the World Trade Bridge when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a tractor hauling a shipment of frozen vegetables arriving from Mexico. The 1999 Freight-liner tractor and shipment were referred for a canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection, resulting in the discovery of 352 packages containing 1049.84 pounds of methamphetamine discovered within the trailer.

The narcotics have an estimated street value of $20,996,610. The narcotics combined have an estimated street value of $60,758,775. CBP officers seized the narcotics and both trailers. The cases were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security.

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