SAN DIEGO — Federal prosecutors say a trucker from Mexico was arrested after trying to smuggle record-breaking amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says more than 17,500 pounds of meth and 389 pounds of fentanyl were discovered last Thursday hidden inside a tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego.
The seizures are the largest of either drug in the U.S. for both 2020 and 2021.
The driver, a Mexican citizen, faces federal drug charges.
“This is a staggering seizure that demonstrates the extent of our current fight against mass production of methamphetamine and fentanyl. But for the vigilance of our law enforcement partners, this record-breaking deluge of drugs would have caused incredible damage in our communities.” said Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.
“We commend our partner agencies for their tireless work and dedication to preventing these dangerous and deadly drugs from entering our country.”
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