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Half-million worth of meth, coke seized at U.S.-Mexico border east of San Diego

Picture 1A man trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in a truck packed with cocaine, methamphetamine and ammunition has been arrested, federal authorities said Tuesday.

Customs and Border Protection officers apprehended the 30-year-old Mexican citizen Saturday at the Calexico border crossing in Imperial County, the Department of Homeland Security said.

The 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche allegedly contained 13 packages of cocaine weighing 33 pounds, 20 packages of methamphetamine weighing 30 pounds and 20 rounds of ammunition. The drugs, valued at $579,000, were hidden in compartments built into the rear fender of the vehicle, according to federal authorities.

Officers noticed that the truck had been possibly altered and ordered the driver to a secondary inspection area, where a drug-sniffing dog found the stash, authorities said.

The driver's name was not released. He was turned over to federal immigration authorities.

-- Robert J Lopez

Photo: Drugs pulled from hidden compartments. Credit: Department of Homeland Security

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Way to go Pedro!

Hhhmmmmm...Let's break down the big headline with the numbers...
30lbs+33lbs+20 bullets... Wouaw what a great catch...

If i was an agent i'd think :"This is small crap diversion...Where the hell is the truck with the 100's of lbs and the 100's rounds of amunition?"

People this was distraction at it's best, and the Unionized people who work the border, making sure the trade does not get disturbed (as our gov. is making big $$$ with this racket...
Really...ANd you guys pride yourselves with this???
I'd fell retarded for having being bluffed by the decoy...

This small-time bust will make no difference in the US drug war. We seize about 5% of drugs, the seizures are just a cost of doing business for the cartels.

We are wasting our law enforcement money.

After 40 years, the US has spent $1 trillion and arrested 37 million people to fight the drug war that cannot be won. Drug use is rampant. Violence is more brutal and widespread than ever.

California taxpayers spent $150 million to conduct 74,000 cannabis arrests in 2009, the highest level since 1990 - the peak of the drug war. Total US law enforcement arrested 800,000 for cannabis offenses in 2009. US states spent $1.5 billion for their cannabis arrests. The feds spent $6 billion just to chase the cartels from Columbia into Mexico. What a failure!

Californians spend $8 billion/yr for our mammoth incarceration network, half of it, $4 billion/yr, to hold non-violent drug offenders caught up by the drug war.

California taxpayers spend at least $1 billion /yr in a futile effort to eradicate cannabis and prosecute and incarcerate non-violent cannabis users.

We can have great law enforcement if we stop wasting time on a fruitless drug war. We can shrink cartels by over 60% by legalizing cannabis.

Hey Tony!
Did you know that you're the decoy commentator? The real writer is going to post the really big bust news...

That comes to $20.51 a gram uncut. It doesn't take a genius to figure someone hasn't done their homework. Good work for the drug sniffing dogs. Good catch for the officers spotting the trafficker. Not too good a job at estimating street value.

WHen both police agencies and drug dealers fight to keep marijuana illegal, you know there is something wrong...

It is a good thing that CA is protective of it's illegals and boycotting AZ because Gov. Jan Brewer is slamming the Obama administration over government signs posted in the Arizona desert warning visitors to beware of illegal smugglers, saying the signs are hardly the kind of border security plan her state needs. "This is an outrage," Brewer said in a new reelection campaign ad. The ad shows the governor standing next to one of the warning signs in the middle of the Arizona desert, 80 miles from the border and, according to the ad, 30 miles from Phoenix. The signs have in recent weeks drawn attention from border-state lawmakers who say they demonstrate how unsafe the region has become. In the ad, Brewer noted that she recently met with President Obama, who "promised that we would get word" on the administration's border security plan.

I'd feel retarded too if I couldn't spell feel lol, just kidding, your right tho tony, this hit is nothing compared to the flow that makes it into the country, and it won't stop until the banks that launder the money stop moving and cleaning the cash for these monsters.

Next time a guy gets caught with a truck load of poison, just chop his head off and stick it on a spike, worked for the chinese in the 1700s

Tony, that's why you are NOT an agent, FOOL!

Not another drug bust. Seems to me that the border agents are really doing a great job. I hope people realize that these drugs are tearing famillies apart! If you want to see the difunction that these drugs are causing go take a look at all the homeless people that are living in boxes in the streets. None of them have any teeth and more than half of them have children that are now in the foster care system. God bless these people and I pray they find there way.

after american gov sue and american state for trying to defend its country,,,the mexicans know they will always have an opening to get in whatever they want. an the fed will do nothing to stop it.


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