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Second-largest meth bust reported along southwest border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said Sunday that it seized more than 3,000 pounds of methamphetamine in its second-biggest meth bust on the southern border.

The agency said the seizure included methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin. The drugs were found Friday morning at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry inside a truck, the agency said.

CBP said the drugs, including 3,014 pounds of methamphetamine, 64 pounds of heroin, 39 pounds of powdered fentanyl and about 37 pounds of fentanyl pills, were concealed among medical supplies. The total value of the drugs was estimated at $7.2 million.

“Smugglers will try every way possible to try and get their product across the border and because of the partnership between CBP, Homeland Security investigations and DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] this significant seizure occurred and we stopped them,” Anne Maricich, acting CBP director of field operations in San Diego, said in a statement.

“This massive seizure is testament of what law enforcement agencies can do when we combine forces — prevent over $7 million worth of deadly drugs from entering our country, thus saving countless lives from addiction and overdose deaths,” DEA Special Agent in Charge John W. Callery said.

The agency said it arrested the truck driver, a 47-year-old Mexican citizen, and turned him over to a joint investigative team of the Department of Homeland Security, DEA and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Bay Area suspect nicknamed ‘Medicine Man’ arrested in biggest retail theft bust in Calif. history

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The San Mateo County Sheriff's office recovered approximately $8 million in stolen goods, as reported by CBS Bay Area.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office recovered approximately $8 million in stolen goods, as reported by CBS Bay Area.

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On Tuesday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that five suspects behind one of the biggest theft rings in state history were arrested in a multi-agency operation called Operation Proof of Purchase.

KPIX reported that over $8 million in household goods, including $1 million in razors, were recovered on a raid on September 30. They were stolen primarily from CVS retail stores, investigators said.

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Lower level thieves or “boosters” brought the stolen merchandise to San Francisco’s Tenderloin where they were paid one or two dollars per item by crew leaders. The items then allegedly made their way to Danny Louis Drago, a.k.a. “The Medicine Man,” who police say stored the goods at 16 sites throughout the Bay Area. The items were then sold through a wholesale shell company run by Drago, claims the attorney general’s office, as well as online through outlets like Amazon.

The San Mateo County Sheriff's office recovered approximately $8 million in stolen goods, as reported by CBS Bay Area.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office recovered approximately $8 million in stolen goods, as reported by CBS Bay Area.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office

According to investigators, one of the thieves who was arrested posted photos on social media of a car trunk full of stolen over-the-counter medicine and a handful of hundred dollar bills.

At the home of one of the crew bosses, police say they found $50,000 hidden behind picture frames, including one framed image of Minnie Mouse.


See the full report at CBS Bay Area.

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