Border Patrol intercepts $2.2 million in meth at Texas checkpoint

Texas

LAREDO, Texas (Nexstar) — Border Patrol agents at a South Texas checkpoint intercepted more than 31 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden inside a vehicle last week.

It happened on the evening of Monday, July 15 at the Border Patrol checkpoint located near Hebbronville, Texas – east of Laredo. According to Border Patrol agents, a vehicle with two occupants drove into the inspection area on Farm-to-Market Road 1017. The driver was then instructed to proceed to a secondary inspection area.

A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed 41 hidden bundles which tested positive for methamphetamine. The weight of the narcotics totaled 31.6 kilograms, with an estimated street value of $2,227,200.

The driver and passenger, who were both Mexican citizens, were arrested to face charges associated with the failed smuggling attempt. The case will be investigated by the Drug Inforcement Administration.

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