US customs agents have seized over USD 24 million worth of methamphetamine made famous in the hit TV show Breaking Bad.
The incident took place at the Camino Real Cargo Facility, which is located in Eagle Pass, a city in the US state of Texas on the border with Mexico, when the feds inspected an apparently empty box trailer arriving from Mexico on Thursday 23rd September.
In a statement posted on their website, US Customs and border protection said that they inspected the box trailer with a canine unit before proceeding to a physical inspection.
They said that they discovered 1,221 lbs (554 kilogrammes) of methamphetamine hidden within the walls of the apparently empty box trailer.
They said: “US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Pass Camino Real Cargo Facility seized methamphetamine with a street value of over USD 24,000,000 in one enforcement action.
“The enforcement action occurred on Thursday, September 23 at the Camino Real Cargo Facility when CBP officers assigned to the cargo facility encountered a 2010 Freight liner tractor hauling an empty box trailer arriving from Mexico.
“The tractor and trailer were referred for a canine, non-intrusive imaging system inspection and subsequent physical inspection resulting in the discovery of 1,221 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the walls of the trailer.
“The narcotics have an estimated street value of USD 24,426,968 (GBP 18,175,740).
“CBP officers seized the tractor, trailer and narcotics.”
Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry said: “Although anti-terrorism is our primary mission, CBP officers continue to maintain their vigilance to ensure commercial entries are safe and free of contraband, as this narcotics seizure illustrates.”