Border agents thwart the smuggling of over $50M in meth across southern border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection just intercepted yet another large haul of methamphetamine at the southern border, only days after seizing a truly gigantic shipment from Mexico.

The seizure happened on Thursday at the Gateway International Bridge in Brownsville, Texas, CBP reported. A 44-year-old woman with American citizenship had reportedly applied for entry into the United States when CBP officers noticed something funny about her truck. Upon closer inspection of the 2008 Ford pickup, officers found 24 packages hidden within the vehicle.

The packages turned out to be more than 76 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value estimated at roughly $1.5 million.

“Our officers used their experience and inspection skills to intercept this significant load of prohibited narcotics, delivering another significant blow to illicit drug trafficking in our area,” said Tater Ortiz, Brownsville Port of Entry Director.

It wasn’t even the largest haul during the week. On Monday of that week, October 22nd, CBP officers made an even bigger bust: a 60-year-old Mexican citizen had been attempting to smuggle in 62 buckets containing a whopping 1.2 tons (2,444 pounds) of methamphetamine in a 1997 Freightliner truck. The seizure was at the Veterans International Bridge, also in Brownsville, and the astounding street value of that haul was estimated at nearly $49 million.

Both drivers were promptly arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for investigation and prosecution.

The seizures come amid a growing trend of drug smuggling overall, and while the methamphetamine busts are huge, Fentanyl appears to be a smuggler’s drug of choice lately. Earlier in the month, 1.8 million Fentanyl pills were seized, part of a massive spike in the smuggling of the drug, with border officials seizing record-breaking amounts.

The massive busts come as a few bright lights in the overall gloomy picture of the situation at the southern border, which has become a charged political issue. The rapidly escalating crisis of human and narcotic smuggling has spilled over into every possible sphere of life for states on the southern border and is quickly beginning to affect others as well.

A surge of unaccompanied minors has resulted in a flood of 80,000 new students as minors are released to in counties across the nation, some in expected border states such as California and New York, but also plenty in New York and Florida. That is only a portion of the large number of people who have entered the country and since been released within, more than 160,000 adults since March according to a CBP report.

The death toll of such a large influx has been monumental before. Brooks County, Texas, has started resorting to “mobile morgues” to deal with all the corpses. In some places along the border, locals have taken to calling the corpses, discovered on a weekly basis, “Biden bodies,” a reference to President Joe Biden and his apparent lack of interest or concern with the border. Vice President Kamala Harris, named by Biden as “border czar” has also been noticeably absent as the situation worsens, in spite of CBP victories here and there.


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