Mexican visa holder busted in massive California drug seizure

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San Diego, CA – A huge drug bust by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers occurred Sunday night, as officers found cocaine and methamphetamine hidden inside a commercial bus’s gas tank.  Seized at the San Ysidro port of entry, the drugs reportedly have a street value of more than $3.2 million.

The “significant seizure” occurred after a canine team alerted agents to the presence of drugs on a 2004 commercial bus that was awaiting inspection, according to the U.S. CBP press release.

The bus driver was a 50-year-old male Mexican national and a U.S. B1/B2 Visitor Visa holder. According to CBP, officers “referred the man and bus to secondary inspection for further examination.”

Upon inspection, officers noticed “anomalies” and extracted 98 packages from the gas tank. In 48 packages, they found 200 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $3 million. The other 50 packages contained methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $182,000.

“CBP officers remain vigilant and committed to halting the drug trafficking origination attempts to smuggle narcotics into the U.S.,” said Pete Flores, director of field operations for CBP in San Diego. “CBP’s seizure of these narcotics sends a strong message that our efforts to stop illegal narcotics from entering our country will never falter.

According to the release, the driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations agents for processing. CBP put an immigration hold on him so that he will be returned to DHS custody after the judicial process.

CBP also seized the vehicle.

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