Nothing to see at the border, right? Nearly 370 pounds of methamphetamine seized at Laredo Port of Entry

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LAREDO, TX – Earlier in March, officers from the U. S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Field Operations intercepted nearly 370 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $7 million at the Laredo Port of Entry.

CBP officers assigned to the freight facility at the Laredo P.O.E. observed a tractor exhibiting an industrial magnet coming from Mexico on March 25th and referred the vehicle over to a secondary inspection.

A canine and non-intrusive imaging system inspection of the 2014 Ford F350 truck and shipment resulted in the detection of 104 packages containing 367.24 pounds of suspected methamphetamine inside the shipment.

The drugs, estimated to be worth $7,344,845, were confiscated by CBP officers. Special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations have been assigned to further investigate the case.

Acting Port Director Eugene Crawford of the Laredo Port of Entry issued the following statement in response to the large seizure:

“The level of methamphetamine abuse in the U.S. continues to rise. Seizures like this one underscore the vital role that CBP officers play in advancing our overall national border security mission and protecting the public from illegal narcotics.”

Three days after the bust in Laredo, CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility in Pharr, Texas also managed to intercept a substantial amount of narcotics.

On March 28th, CBP officers working at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility discovered over 400 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside a commercial shipment of fresh produce arriving from Mexico, with an approximate street value of over $8 million.

Image of narcotics seized by CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility
Image of narcotics seized by CBP officers at the Pharr International Bridge cargo facility – courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Once again, tractor-trailer hauling a commercial shipment of fresh broccoli was referred over to a secondary examination where a non-intrusive imaging system inspection took place.

Officers conducting the secondary inspection were able to detect 264 packages of suspected methamphetamine weighing in at 421 pounds.

Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry Port Director Carlos Rodriguez shared the following statement about the seized narcotics:

“This interception of dangerous drugs truly exemplifies the teamwork of our officers working at our cargo facility.”

“With the use of high-tech equipment such as our x-ray systems, our officers are able to detect anomalies within shipments and target those areas of interest, which can produce positive results such as this significant interdiction.”

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In other news related to relatively large drug busts, one baseball player’s career might be coming to an end before it had an opportunity to take off due to a recent drug arrest involving over 20 pounds of meth. 

We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on this ball player’s arrest, here’s that previous report. 

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EAGLE, CO – A Cubs Minor League Baseball player was arrested in Colorado after police discovered 1.2 pounds of Oxycodone pills and 21 pounds of meth in his duffle bag during a traffic stop.

Jesus Carmago-Corrales, 25, was arrested Wednesday in Eagle, Colorado after police pulled him over when they saw his car speeding and drifting in and out of his lane.

According to police, Carmago-Corrales gave officers permission to search the car and a K-9 alerted officers to the presence of drugs.

Carmago-Corrales was arraigned in Eagle County Court on charges of unlawful distribution of methamphetamine and oxycodone, both class 1 drug felonies, as well as charges of unlawful possession of each drug, both class 4 drug felonies.

Bond was set at $75,000 by Judge Rachel Olguin-Fresquez.

Two passengers in the vehicle with Corrales were released after police determined they had no involvement with the drugs.

According to police, Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy Evan Jaramillo stopped Camargo-Corrales in his silver BMW early Wednesday morning for driving erratically and at fast speeds. Camargo-Corrales pulled over at a Load N Jug convenience store in Eagle.

Camargo-Corrales and the two occupants each told Deputy Jaramillo that they were traveling from Phoenix to Denver but gave different accounts as to the purpose of the trip. Camargo-Corrales said he was going to Denver to teach at a children’s baseball clinic.

Jaramillo obtained consent to search the vehicle with his K-9 Zane. Zane hit on the rear tire and rear seat of the vehicle. Officers reportedly found a white bag with cologne and $1,000 held by a rubber band hidden under the rear seat.

In the trunk, they found a Chicago Cubs duffel bag that Camargo-Corrales said was his. Inside that bag, along with baseball gloves and cleats, were several packages wrapped in white plastic marked “CO” and two packages wrapped in green plastic, according to the affidavit.

Upon further question, Camargo-Corrales told police:

“A friend who lives in the capital city of Sinaloa, Mexico, called him in Arizona on Tuesday and asked him to deliver a bag to Denver, where he would be paid $500 upon delivery. [Camargo] said that he thought the bag had contained shoes or clothing, but had previously said he knew there were drugs in the bag, just not what kind, according to police.”

Camargo-Corrales, who goes by Jesus Camargo professionally, is originally from Mexico. Most recently, he pitched for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2019 with minor-league seasons getting canceled last year due to COVID-19. He was assigned to the Single-A South Bend Cubs in February.

He would have been due to participate in minor league spring training in two weeks. It is unclear whether the league will take any action.

Julian Green, Senior Vice President of Communications for the Cubs organization, issued a brief statement:

“We are aware of the arrest of one our Minor League players. We are investigating this matter and cannot provide additional comment until we have further details.”

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