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Four men from Tijuana, Mexico, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute the highly addictive drug in what officials described as one of the largest meth busts in San Diego County.

“This monumental seizure represents another victory over drug cartels that fuel addiction in the United States,” said Shelly S. Howe, special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

The 20-foot commercial truck, which was carrying 148 bundles of meth, crossed the border through the Otay Mesa Commercial Port of Entry in San Diego on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Police tracked the vehicle to National City, California, where officers saw the accused men load dozens of cardboard boxes from the truck into a Dodge van. The bundles found in the boxes tested positive for methamphetamine, according to the statement.

In April, US customs and border officials in California seized more than 400 pounds of meth, cocaine and heroin hidden in toolboxes being transported to the country. That seizure had an estimated street value of $2.56 million, the CBP said.
Meth is a highly addictive stimulant that usually comes in the form of a powder. In 2020, more than 23,000 Americans died from overdoses of psychostimulant drugs, mainly meth, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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