U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confiscated more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine and other illegal substances in San Diego on Friday — the second-largest bust ever, according to the agency.
The bust was made due to the diligence of a suspicious border agent, who believed a truck at San Diego's Otay Mesa Port of Entry needed to be more closely inspected. CBP officers scanned the truck with an imaging system and had a drug-sniffing dog inspect the vehicle.
The resulting find was $7.2 million in illegal drugs stuffed into cardboard boxes alongside medical lab supplies. Officers seized 3,000 pounds of meth, 66 pounds of fentanyl, and 64 pounds of heroin stuffed into 1,800 bundles.
"This massive seizure is testament of what law enforcement agencies can do when we combine forces — prevent over $7 million worth of deadly drugs from entering our country, thus saving countless lives from addiction and overdose deaths," said John W. Callery, the DEA Special Agent in Charge. "We will continue to work together to disrupt drug trafficking organizations at every opportunity we are given."
The driver, a 47-year-old Mexican national, was arrested.
Juan Munoz – acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Diego – celebrated the bust as well.
"This significant seizure is a prime example of how a successful partnership between HSI, CBP , and DEA results in the disruption of transnational criminal organizations while protecting our country from dangerous illicit drugs," he said.