Feds find ‘record-breaking’ amount of meth hidden in big rig’s tomato and pepper load

Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently seized hundreds of pounds of drugs concealed in a hidden compartment in a trailer.

According to a March 17 news release, the drug seizure was made at the Port of Nogales in Arizona.

Officials say that a 34 year old Mexican national truck driver was hauling a load of tomatoes and bell peppers through the facility when a drug detecting dog alerted to his vehicle.

Upon further inspection, officers discovered a “a non-factory floor compartment” in the trailer filled with approximately 690 pounds of methamphetamine.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs is $690,000.

CBP called this the “largest methamphetamine load in Arizona ports history.”

The truck driver was placed in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Area Port Director Michael Humphries said, “CBP Officers are focused on our highest priorities which includes stopping the flow of hard narcotics such as methamphetamine and opioids from entering our country. Our officers prevented these dangerous drugs from causing devastation to families and ultimately saving many lives, not only in our community but throughout the United States.”