Authorities seized 2.8 tonnes of methamphetamine and fentanyl at the US border


Law enforcement officials seized 2.8 tonnes of methamphetamine and fentanyl powder at the US Customs and Border Protection, California’s US-Mexico border crossing last week. Announcement Wednesday. Officials said the drug was estimated to be worth more than $ 12.9 million and was “believed to be one of the largest methamphetamine attacks in US history.”

“This amount of fentanyl and methamphetamine is sufficient to destroy countless lives and fund cross-border criminal gangs,” said Pete Flores, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Diego, in a statement. rice field. “I am proud of the officers’ efforts to thwart this and all smuggling attempts at all entry points within the San Diego Field Office.”

Officials said on August 5 that CBP agents encountered Mexican citizen Carlos Gerardo Symonds Saavedra (53) and attempted to drive trucks and trailers across the border. The manifest showed that he was transporting commercial shipments of plastic parts. Ministry of Justice.. According to CBP, an “abnormality” was found on the first scan of the truck and trailer, requiring a more detailed inspection at the inspection dock. During this second test, a team of dogs showed that the trailer contained illicit drugs.

Officers seized 414 packages containing approximately 5,528 pounds of methamphetamine and 127 pounds of fentanyl powder at California’s cargo port, Otaimesa. Authorities also seized the vehicle.

CBP officials in San Diego seized 2.8 tonnes of methamphetamine and fentanyl at the Otaimesa commercial facility. & # Xa0; / Credits: US Customs and Border Protection

CBP officials in San Diego seized 2.8 tonnes of methamphetamine and fentanyl at the Otaimesa commercial facility. / Credit: US Customs and Border Protection

Symonds Saavedra has been arrested and faces a federal crime with a life imprisonment, a 10-year minimum, and a $ 10 million fine. He was transferred to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego and handed over to the US Immigration and Customs Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

“This drug seizure is significant, but we know that these cross-border criminal gangs continue to smuggle illegal drugs across our borders,” said the San Diego Land Security Investigation. Special agent Cardell T. Morant said in a statement. “HSI and its law enforcement partners remain vigilant on our mission to prevent these drugs from crossing borders into our community.”

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