$2.9M in drugs hidden among load of oil filters at U.S.-Mexico border


A tractor-trailer carrying a load of oil filters at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas was also hauling $2.9 million in methamphetamine, heroin and Fentanyl, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The 2011 International was referred to an imaging system inspection on Friday at the World Trade Bridge border station where with the help of CBP canines, officers seized piles of drugs stashed among the filters: 49 bags containing 131 pounds of alleged methamphetamine, 15 bundles containing 34.61 pounds of alleged heroin, four bundles containing 9.4 pounds of Fentanyl and three bundles containing 6.87 pounds of acetaminophen with trace amounts of Fentanyl hidden within the conveyance.

CBP arrested the 27-year-old male driver, a Mexican citizen. The case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.

“While many people took advantage of Labor Day sales this weekend, our frontline CBP officers continue to uphold our border security mission and the judicious application of inspection experience and technology resulted in yet another poly-drug load with an overall value exceeding $2.9 million,” said Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.