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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers disrupted a unique drug smuggling operation by finding cocaine and methamphetamine hidden in large boulders of quartz. Smugglers hid 229 packages of drugs inside the boulders and cemented them back together.

CBP officers assigned to the Tecate cargo crossing on September 14 observed a tractor-trailer approaching for entry into the United States.

The driver presented a manifest indicating a load of beach pebbles and stones, according to information obtained from CBP officials.

During the initial inspection, officers noted discrepancies and referred the driver to a secondary inspection area. A CBP K-9 alerted to the possible presence of drugs in multiple large quartz boulders. The officers searched through the shipment of rocks and eventually had to break open the boulders.

Inside, the officers found 229 packages of drugs. Officers tested the drugs and determined the packages contained methamphetamine and cocaine.

After collecting and separating the packages, the officers weighed them and listed the weights as 337 pounds of methamphetamine and 223 pounds of cocaine. Officials estimate the combined value of the seized shipment to be nearly $3.9 million.

“Hard to believe, but this isn’t the first time CBP officers in California have had to actually break open rocks or other items to get at the narcotics that drug trafficking organizations have hidden inside,” said Jose Haro, officer in charge of the Tecate port of entry, in a written statement. “Our officers are well-trained to notice discrepancies to stop drug shipments like this from making their way into our communities.”

CBP officers seized the drugs, tractor-trailer, and shipment. Officials did not disclose the disposition of the driver or his nationality.

During the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2020, CBP officers seized more than 19,000 pounds of methamphetamine and nearly 14,000 pounds of cocaine at ports of entry around the nation. Both represent substantial increases in seizures over the same period in FY19, according to reports obtained from CBP officials.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior news contributor for the Breitbart Texas-Border team. He is an original member of the Breitbart Texas team. Price is a regular panelist on Fox 26 Houston’s What’s Your Point? Sunday-morning talk show. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

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“We’re looking at the border with Canada. Canada would like it opened and we want to get back to normal business,” Trump told reporters Friday, “We’re going to be opening the borders pretty soon.”

It’s unclear exactly what the president meant as reps for both countries confirmed just hours earlier that travel restrictions would continue for at least another month.

“We are extending non-essential travel restrictions with the United States until October 21st, 2020. We will continue to base our decisions on the best public health advice available to keep Canadians safe,” Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said in a tweet.

Travel restrictions on Canada have been in place since March, the same month Trump declared a state of emergency for the US to fight the coronavirus.

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