DEA’s Dallas office announces seizure of $45 million in meth, heroin — its largest bust ever

The Drug Enforcement Administration branch in Dallas reported Wednesday the largest seizure of methamphetamine and heroin in the branch’s history.

The drugs – £ 1,950 worth $ 45 million – were sniffed by a dog during a traffic obstruction with a refrigerated tractor-trailer in Denton County on Oct. 8, the DEA said. They were hidden in a secret compartment in the truck.

The enormous amount had been split into 633 packages, and the agency said the drugs would eventually have been repackaged for distribution in Texas, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta.

The drugs were packaged and kept in a secret compartment of the truck’s truck.(Courtesy DEA / Courtesy DEA)

The seizure accounted for 20% of all meth the Dallas division seized last year, according to the DEA. The agency conducted more than 800 investigations and arrested around 2,100 people in 2020.

“This amazing seizure of methamphetamine and heroin has undoubtedly saved lives and injured the paperbacks of this transnational criminal organization,” said Eduardo A. Chavez, special agent for the DEA’s Dallas office, in a written statement. “Our investigations will not be stopped until all those responsible, including the cartel leaders who believe they are inviolable, are brought to justice.”

Chavez said the meth was smuggled across the US-Mexico border by human traffickers working with the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG).

The agency said if the drugs hadn't been sniffed out, they would have been repackaged for distribution in Texas, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta.The agency said if the drugs hadn’t been sniffed out, they would have been repackaged for distribution in Texas, Chicago, St. Louis and Atlanta.(Courtesy DEA / Courtesy DEA)

“I am sure this caught the attention of CJNG leader Nemesio Oseguera-Cervantes, nicknamed ‘El Mencho’,” said Chavez. “Many lives have been saved by this historic confiscation.”

The DEA said its investigators are working with state and local officials to assess whether the seizure may be linked to other recent drug explosions in the Dallas area.

Because of the pandemic, the DEA said, drug smugglers are traveling less and forcing them to ship larger quantities of drugs, which can be riskier and more prone to seizures.

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