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Abandoned flatbed yields $63M in illegal drugs


A “preventative inspection” of an abandoned semi truck led to the discovery of $63 million worth of illegal drugs in Mexico on Monday. 

The discovery occurred on December 7th in the Tierra y Libertad neighborhood in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. 

According to The El Paso Times, officials received a 911 call reporting an abandoned truck in the Tierra y Libertad neighborhood and officers went to check it out. 

“Upon doing a preventative inspection in accordance with police protocols, drug-sniffing dogs detected the presence of various types of drugs in the trailer’s platform that was transporting hundreds of bags of plaster,” authorities said in a press release.

Authorities then towed the rig to the police station and conducted a more thorough inspection that led to the discovery of 2,894 pounds of marijuana, nine pounds of fentanyl, 144 pounds of crystal methamphetamine and 13 pounds of white heroin, with an estimated total street value of $63 Million, all hidden inside the sacks of plaster. 

If left to be distributed, the discovered drugs could have yielded 4 million fentanyl pills, 328,000 doses of crystal methamphetamine, and 60,000 doses of heroin. 

As of Tuesday, December 8th, no arrests have been made, but authorities are still investigating who it belonged to, where it came from and where it was headed.


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