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Border Patrol stops Mexican national from entering US with $2 million in meth, feds say

Conservative Review

Federal law enforcement is reporting another major drug bust at the border, this one stopping over 100 lbs. of methamphetamine from hitting American streets.

A Tuesday press release from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) says that its officers seized $2,305,000 worth of meth at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge in Texas.

According to CBP, officers stopped a 59-year-old Mexican citizen driving a green pickup truck at the port of entry and referred the vehicle for further inspection. That inspection found 24 packages containing 115.25 lbs of methamphetamine hidden inside the tires, using special imaging equipment. A picture provided with the release shows that the packages were shaped in rounded segments.

“Our officers’ continued resolve was evidenced once again with this outstanding seizure of hard narcotics,” said Carlos Rodriguez, the port director at the Port of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “This was definitely a good strike against the drug smuggling organizations and their goal of bringing dangerous drugs into our country.”

Earlier this month, CBP announced the seizure of enough fentanyl "to kill more than 5 million people” during a vehicle stop at a port of entry in Arizona. The drugs were reportedly hidden inside the rear seats.

The trafficking of illegal drugs across the southern United States border is a major driver of America's illicit drug crisis. While many of the drugs intercepted by federal authorities are caught at ports of entry, one can only speculate how much is making it across at areas between those ports that still lack physical border security.

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