Customs Border Protection CBP HSI World Trade Bridge Tug

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US Attorneys announced that a man has been charged in connection with the May 6 attempted meth smuggling operation worth $18 million.

Courtesy/US Customs and Border Protection

A man who tried to smuggle $18 million worth of meth to pay off his cousin’s debt has been charged in federal court in Laredo, authorities said.

On Wednesday, a grand jury charged Luis Alberto Garza Cisneros with meth importation and conspiracy to import meth. Garza Cisneros is expected to appear before a US judge in the near future for his indictment. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment and a possible maximum fine of $10 million.

Homeland Security investigations with the support of US Customs and Border Protection conducted the investigation. Assistant US Attorney Brian Bayev is prosecuting the case.


The case dates back to May 6, when Garza Cisneros arrived at the World Trade Bridge in a tractor. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials referred Garza Cisneros for a second inspection, during which an X-ray scan of the vehicle revealed anomalies in the tractor’s diesel tanks.

Further inspection revealed 24 five-gallon buckets in the tractor’s diesel tanks. The substance tested positive for 912.82 pounds of meth, an affidavit accompanying the arrest said.

CBP officials said the narcotics had an estimated street value of $18,253,206. In an interview after the arrest, Garza Cisneros said he had to smuggle the meth to pay off his cousin’s debt, the affidavit said.

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