In San Diego County, California, law enforcement officers from the federal and municipal levels recovered a record-breaking amount of methamphetamine associated with cartels.
The narcotics were put onto a 20-foot box truck and said to be the greatest seizure ever made in San Diego County.
On July 7, federal investigators saw a box truck enter the country through to the Otay Mesa Economic port of entry. Authorities followed the truck until it arrived in National City, California.
The suspected drug traffickers emptied the vehicle into a Dodge van while the agents observed.
At that time, according to the prosecution, police intervened and detained Ethgar Velazquez, Rafael Alzua, Galdrino Contrera, and Mario Contreras. According to authorities, all four accused are citizens of Tijuana, Mexico.
Upwards of 5,000 pounds of narcotics were discovered when the crates were opened and later tested for meth.
U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman stated in a formal report: “This is a remarkable achievement by law enforcement agencies.”
The state prevented the distribution of more than 5,000 pounds of meth on our streets, thanks to the excellent work of law enforcement officers.
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The Drug Enforcement Agency, San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, Border Crime Reduction Unit, Homeland Security Operations, and the United States Border Patrol are all looking into the matter.
“This significant seizure signals another victory against narcotics gangs that feed addictions in the United States,” said DEA official Shelly S. Howe.
“We will continue to obstruct the flow of narcotics into our cities coming from the cartels, thanks to our fantastic relationships with other law enforcement organizations.”
Sheriff Anthony C. Ray of San Diego County continued, “I am appreciative of the diligence, watchfulness, and unwavering commitment of our sheriff’s detectives, as well as of our regional, state, and federal colleagues.”
“We are able to exchange information, thanks to our relationship and cooperation, which is essential for preventing narcotics from reaching our streets and holding drug traffickers responsible.”
The four Mexican males are now accused of conspiring to distribute meth. Each would be subject to a fine of up to $10 million and a jail term ranging from ten years to life, if found guilty.
The paper tracking system did not yet have access to court data.
We have a dire drug problem in America. About 100,000 people will die this year from a drug overdose, despite 50 years of the War on Drugs.
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Over the Fourth of July weekend, border officers detained two expelled sex offenders and detained five members of criminal gangs.
McAllen Station officers detained three persons of the vicious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) group in the Rio Grande Valley Area.
Agents discovered one of the males had a 2010 assault history that led to a seven-month prison term in Maryland during a background inquiry.
For an aggravated battery with a lethal weapon in Houston, a second violent criminal was sentenced to two years in jail. In 2021, that illegal foreigner was expulsed.