No matter the race, ethnicity, gender, cultural background or citizenship status of an individual, methamphetamine continues to be smuggled over the border day after day, year after year, posing an imminent threat to American society. Over the course of the last week, methamphetamine has been reported being smuggled over the border at least twice per the CPB’s news release.
From 2018 to 2019, cases of methamphetamine attempted to be smuggled over the border have not slowed down either.
The CPB released an article on February 12, reporting nearly 41 pounds of meth was extracted from a 31-year-old’s vehicle in Salton City, California. The area is known as Highway 86 main checkpoint. Per the CPB news release, the estimated street value for this hard drug was over $130,000.
Fast forward to one year later — the CPB released an article February 19, highlighting the same Highway 86 checkpoint in California for the same problem: An attempt to smuggle methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico.
In this case, “Border Patrol agents found 31 small packages wrapped in cellophane… Upon further investigation, agents were able to determine the proprietors of the bags and arrested a 19-year-old and a 16-year-old Mexican national.”
Although these teenagers weren’t smuggling over as much as the 31-year-old from 2018, nonetheless the street value was almost $30,000 and weighed over 10 pounds.
Finally, the most well-known story so far in the 2019 calendar year: the frozen strawberry delivery truck. This faux delivery truck housed more than 906 pounds of methamphetamine, or in street value nearly $13 million dollars. The CPB released another article dated for February 19, with regards to their encounter and arrest of a 42-year-old Mexican citizen who was arrested on February 16, for attempting to smuggle meth across the Pharr International Bridge in Pharr, Texas.
Port Director David Gonzalez of Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry said, “This was an outstanding interception our officers accomplished this weekend.”
While we are only the second month into 2019, there are still ten months left for drug-related activities to continue to flourish along the southern border.