Drug Smuggling

Laredo ‘Ground Zero’ for Meth Smuggling, Says U.S. Attorney

Customs and Border Protection officers in Laredo, Texas, seized nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine in two incidents at separate ports of entry on August 10. Following the seizure of the nearly $10 million in drugs, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick called the region “ground zero” for meth smuggling.

CBP Officers seize nearly 500 pounds of methamphetamine. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Laredo Sector)

360 Pounds of Meth Seized at Texas Border Crossings

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 360 pounds of methamphetamine during three failed drug smuggling attempts at South Texas border crossings. The seizures took nearly $8 million in drugs out of the hands of cartel-connected smugglers.

CBP officers in South Texas seized methamphetamine. Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector

$19M in Meth Seized in Single Failed Texas Border Crossing

Rio Grande Valley Sector Customs and Border Protection officers seized another huge load of methamphetamine headed to the streets in American cities across the county. An inspection of a tractor-trailer rig at the Pharr International Bridge that connects Texas and Mexico led to the discovery of nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine.

CBP officers seize nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine at the Pharr International Bridge in South Texas. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Rio Grande Valley Sector)

‘Most Sophisticated’ Cartel Smuggling Tunnel Found Under Arizona Border

Federal officials called a cartel-connected smuggling tunnel under the Arizona-Mexico border “the most sophisticated tunnel in U.S. history.” The 1,300-foot structure stretched from a neighborhood in San Luis, Mexico, to its destination in San Luis, Arizona. Officials detected the tunnel prior to its completion, officials said.

Border Patrol and HSI agents discover the "most sophisticated" smuggling tunnel in U.S. history near San Luis, Arizona, in July 2020. (Photos: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

Feds Recover 14 Migrants, 82 Pounds of Meth from Capsized Smuggling Boat

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations aircrew teamed up with a Coast Guard vessel to rescue 14 people from a capsized human smuggling boat. During the interdiction, officials found three packages containing 82 pounds of methamphetamine in the water off the coast of San Diego, California.

Coast Guardsmen and a CBP AMO aircrew team up to rescue 14 migrants and seize 82 pounds of methamphetamine. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

565 Pounds of Liquid Meth Seized on Bus at Texas Border Crossing

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 565 pounds of liquid methamphetamine on a commercial bus attempting to enter from Mexico. The seizure occurred in the Del Rio Sector at the Camino Real International Bridge connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, and Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

Del Rio Sector CBP officers seize more than 565 pounds of liquid methamphetamine at a Texas-Mexico port of entry. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Del Rio Sector)