Six and a half tons of meth seized in Texas; valued at $117 million

Updated Feb 24, 2024
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently seized a record amount of methamphetamine at the Camino Real International Bridge in Eagle Pass, Texas.

A statement from the CBP said officers seized six and a half tons of methamphetamine valued at more than $117 million, the largest ever at a port of entry, in a single enforcement action.

The seizure occurred on Sunday, Feb. 18 when a CBP officer referred a tractor-trailer manifesting a shipment of drying agent for piglets for secondary inspection. Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of nearly 13,101 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the conveyance.

“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.”

CBP seized the narcotics. Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating the seizure.