Four men from Tijuana, Mexico have been arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute the highly addictive drug in what officials have described as one of San Diego County’s biggest meth busts.
“This monumental seizure represents yet another victory against the drug cartels that fuel drug addiction in the United States,” said Shelly S. Howe, Special Agent in Charge at the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
The 20-foot commercial truck, which was carrying 148 packages of methamphetamine, crossed the border Thursday through the Otay Mesa commercial port of entry in San Diego, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a statement.
Law enforcement tracked the vehicle to National City, Calif., where officers observed the accused men unload dozens of boxes from the truck into a Dodge pickup truck. The packages found in the boxes tested positive for methamphetamine, the statement said.
In April, US Customs and Border Protection agents in California seized more than 400 pounds of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin concealed in toolboxes being transported into the country. That seizure had an estimated street value of $2.56 million, CBP said.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant that usually comes in the form of a powder. In 2020, more than 23,000 Americans died from overdoses involving psychostimulants, primarily methamphetamine, according to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.