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Border agents seize a stunning $53 million worth of drugs from big rig hauling cauliflower


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers in Texas seized a massive amount of methamphetamine and cocaine from a commercial shipment of produce over the weekend.

The drug seizure happened on November 12, 2021, at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

CBP agents encountered a semi truck allegedly hauling a load of fresh cauliflower into the U.S. from Mexico.

The truck was referred for a secondary inspection using a canine unit and non-intrusive imaging systems.

Officers discovered 412 packages containing 2,611.15 pounds of alleged methamphetamine and 50 packages containing 113.31 pounds of alleged cocaine on the vehicle.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs is $53,096,364.

CBP handed the case over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for investigation.

“Attempts to smuggle contraband through commercial supply chains are increasing,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. CBP’s continued robust enforcement posture and dedication to border security operations has led us to major narcotic interdictions at our cargo facilities.”


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