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523 pounds of meth found hidden in flatbed trailer frame at California border crossing

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized hundreds of pounds of methamphetamine found hidden within an empty flatbed trailer.

The drugs were discovered on May 20 at the Calexico East Commercial Facility located in Calexico, California.

A twenty-five year old truck driver hauling an empty flatbed trailer attempted to enter the U.S. from Mexico through the facility.

The truck and trailer were referred for a secondary inspection.

When CBP used non-intrusive imaging technology, they discovered anomalies on the vehicle. A canine unit also alerted to the trailer.

During a physical search, CBP officers found 172 packages of methamphetamine weighing 523 pounds concealed within the trailer frame.

The drugs, truck, and trailer were seized by CBP.

The truck driver was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

“I commend our officers in making full use of all available resources to prevent these drugs from entering our communities,” stated Roque Caza, Port Director for the Area Port of Calexico. “We remain committed to maintaining a comprehensive strategy in preventing and disrupting drug smuggling at our southern borders

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