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Six and a half tons of meth found in big rig named ‘largest ever’ drug seizure at a port of entry

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized several tons of illegal drugs from a big rig in Texas as part of the ‘largest ever’ drug seizure at a port of entry.

The drug seizure occurred on Sunday, February 18 at the Camino Real International Bridge, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

A tractor trailer entered the facility with a load manifested as “drying agent for piglets.”

The truck was referred for a secondary inspection.

Using a canine unit and the facility’s non-intrusive inspection system, CBP officers discovered 13,101 pounds of alleged methamphetamine on the truck.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs is $117.1 million.

CBP seized the drugs.

Homeland Security Investigations is spearheading the investigation.

“This gargantuan methamphetamine seizure, the largest ever taken down by CBP officers at a port of entry, uniquely illustrates the serious narcotics threat our officers face on a daily basis and their effectiveness at utilizing our technological enforcement tools, expertise and experience to zero-in on these threats,” said Director, Field Operations Donald Kusser, Laredo Field Office. “This seizure exemplifies our officers’ steadfast commitment to advancing CBP’s priority border security mission while facilitating lawful trade and travel.”

“For far too long, drug trafficking organizations have been raking in billions of dollars at the expense of our communities that are left ravaged by addiction, death and despair as a result of these poisonous substances,” said Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Houston. “Thanks to the outstanding teamwork between HSI Houston, HSI Eagle Pass, HSI Mexico City and our partners at CBP, we have prevented a record-breaking amount of these narcotics from making it to Houston where they would have destroyed an untold number of lives.” 

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