5,000 pounds of meth seized in San Diego County when truck is followed after crossing Mexico border

SAN DIEGO — More than 5,000 pounds of methamphetamine were seized this week after San Diego County authorities tracked and intercepted a truck crossing the U.S. border from Mexico, officials said on Friday.

Four men from Tijuana, Mexico, have been arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute the highly addictive drug in one of San Diego County’s largest meth busts.

“This monumental seizure represents another victory against drug cartels that are fueling addiction in the United States,” said Shelly S. Howe, an acting special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The 20-foot truck transporting 148 bundles of meth crossed the border Thursday through the Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry in San Diego, U.S. Attorneys said in a statement.

Law enforcement followed the vehicle to National City, Calif., where agents saw the accused men loading dozens of boxes from the truck into a Dodge van. The bundles found in the boxes tested positive for methamphetamine, the statement said.

In April, US Customs and Border Protection officials in California seized more than 400 pounds of meth, cocaine and heroin hidden in toolboxes being shipped into the country. That seizure had an estimated street value of $2.56 million, CBP said.

Meth is a highly addictive stimulant that usually comes in powder form. In 2020, more than 23,000 Americans died from overdoses of psychostimulants, mostly meth, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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