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Monday, October 12, 2020

Otay POE: Second Largest Border Meth Bust in History, 3100 lbs of meth, heroin, fentanyl

Chivis Martinez-Borderland Beat Homeland Security Press Release

Second Largest Border Meth Bust in History

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa commercial facility Friday seized more than 3,100 pounds of methamphetamine, fentanyl powder, fentanyl pills and heroin as part of the second largest methamphetamine bust along the southwest border in the history of the agency, based on information developed by DEA, working jointly with HSI.

“Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border and because of the partnership between CBP, Homeland Security investigations and DEA this significant seizure occurred and we stopped them,” said Anne Maricich, acting CBP director of field operations in San Diego. “I’m proud of the CBP officers’ dedication to our mission; they continue to stop dangerous drugs from entering our communities.”

On Oct. 9, at about 9:45 a.m., a driver arrived at the cargo border crossing with a tractor-trailer shipment that was manifested as medical supplies.  The officer decided to refer the driver, truck, and shipment for a more intensive inspection.

CBP officers screened the truck using the port’s imaging system, similar to an x-ray, and found anomalies with the rear of the trailer. The conveyance was sent to the dock and a canine alerted to the boxes inside the trailer.  Officers offloaded the shipment and discovered 1,816 packages co-mingled with the medical supplies that primarily contained clear plastic pipette tips, spray bottles of surface decontaminate and calibrated pipette tools (used for sampling and dispensing liquid).

CBP officers later extracted approximately 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder, and almost 37 pounds of fentanyl pills, worth an estimated $7.2 million.  CBP officers seized the narcotics and conveyance.

CBP officers later extracted approximately 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 29 pounds of fentanyl powder, and almost 37 pounds of fentanyl pills, worth an estimated $7.2 million.  “This massive seizure is testament of what law enforcement agencies can do when we combine forces – prevent over $7 million worth of deadly drugs from entering our country; thus saving countless lives from addiction and overdose deaths,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery. “DEA cherishes our great law enforcement partners in San Diego, especially those who work tirelessly to protect our nation’s borders.  We will continue to work together to disrupt drug trafficking organizations at every opportunity we are given.”

The driver, a 47–year-old male Mexican citizen, was arrested and turned over the custody of the joint investigative team from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration; he will face criminal charges.

“This significant seizure is a prime example of how a successful partnership between HSI, CBP, and DEA results in the disruption of transnational criminal organizations while protecting our country from dangerous illicit drugs,” said Juan Munoz, acting Special Agent in Charge of HSI in San Diego. “We will continue to work tirelessly to bring those responsible to justice.”

Criminal charges are merely allegations.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

CBP officers at the border crossing in Southern California stop illegal activity while processing millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.


  1. True figures are much more frightening of how much of this stuff actually gets in.
    Its truly scary.

    1. 5;19 am like 12 ton a month or maybe more , here where i live every corner..gas station , even , tobaco shop, barber shop ,and mexican tire shop

    2. Is a very old rule that is called the offer vs the demand, is sad but a LOT of people on the us is trying to buy this poison, The true cuestion here is why?, are the Mexicans really the ones to blame? come on people! The answer is clear crystal clear, you have a serious family disintegration problem and a lot of people are buying drugs just to feel better and you are blaming the Mexicans are you serious?

    3. Yea, they pull it off for a while`- it's always the last one that gets caught.

  2. Theres gotta be some damageing smoke coming off these loads when they are incinerated, all those chemicals burning.
    Maybe some special medical waste incinerator is used with special scrubbers in the stacks. I just wouldn't want to be downwind.

    1. No way do they actually ever really incinerate these loads. These loads get re sold on the streets in both Mexico and USA. That’s millions and millions of dollars. No way that it’s just being burned like that when it could be used to fund black-projects for the CIA.


    2. Generally thermal oxidizers are used. Basically after burners in the exhaust stacks that burn the leftover toxins. This method only works so well. There may well be other types.

    3. Regarding the disposal of the dope... on Mexico is incinerated on an open pit on a ceremony with the governor of the particular state as simple guest of the Mexican army that always has control of the dope and they invite the press and every one is looking good and the dope is carbonized (for real) On the states on the other

  3. Damn, Miguel was supposed to wave that truck through. That's a big load of $$$ to put in a high seizure situation. I would imagine with much less non-commercial traffic, cars, suvs and light trucks, crossing each day(maybe down 90%, anyone know the figures) it's harder to send smaller loads as less traffic means more scrutiny.

    1. One gets popped from the majority that make it through. Stuff is poison.

  4. Yeah did that driver inspect the medical supplies he was paid to drive a cross the border?

    Had he asked to rip open the packaging and perform a scientific inspection of the goods he would have been replaced before take-off and thereby no money for his family. Seen this sooooo many times. Poor fucker!

  5. So they value it at 7+ million but that’s USA street value. Curious how much of a lost is this for the cartel they produce their own drugs have their own chemicals so the cost for all that isn’t 7mill on their end so how much of blow to them is that really? 2mill little more or less? Always wonder how much it effects these cartels some of these larger bust the numbers always seem high but when you are the producer does it really matter that much?

  6. Excelent catch keep up the good work 👍.


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