‘Historical seizure’: $100 million worth of meth found in cleaning bottles

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‘Historical seizure’: $100 million worth of meth found in cleaning bottles

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AUSTIN, Texas ā€” U.S. Border Patrol agents discovered nearly $100 million worth of illegal narcotic methamphetamine in a tractor-trailer driving north from the direction of the Mexico border.

Agents assigned to a Border Patrol highway checkpoint near Falfurrias, Texas, made the third-largest meth seizure in Border Patrol’s 98 years during a routine inspection on Dec. 8, according to Customs and Border Protection.

“This historical seizure is a prime example of our Agentsā€™ efforts to continuously impact and degrade Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) exploiting the Rio Grande Valley. I am extremely proud of our Border Patrol Agents and how the interdiction kept these dangerous narcotics out of our communities,ā€ Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez said in a statement.

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The meth was hidden inside 1,440 bottles that were labeled as household cleaning solution. The 3,000-pound seizure had a street value of nearly $100 million.

CBP did not disclose where the truck originated. Drug smugglers may move precursors for meth into the United States from Mexico and then make the actual drug in stash houses in the U.S. It is then transported elsewhere for distribution.

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Nearly 90% of meth seized by federal law enforcement at seaports, land ports, and airports nationwide is by CBP’s Office of Field Operations officers. Just 10% is seized by the Border Patrol, according to federal data from fiscal 2021.

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