Four men were arrested in Southern California after officials found over 5,000 pounds of methamphetamine, USA Today reports. On Thursday, officials spotted a 20-foot-box truck crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. When the truck stopped in National City, just south of San Diego, the four men began unloading boxes from the truck into a van. Police arrested the men and found 148 bundles of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. It was one of the largest methamphetamine busts in San Diego County history.
The suspected men are between the ages of 37 to 44 and are from Tijuana, Mexico. U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said police prevented this large amount of methamphetamine from being distributed. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive substance, usually taken in powder form. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 23,000 Americans died in 2020 from a psychostimulant overdose. The National Institute on Drug Abuse said that seizures of meth have risen since the start of the pandemic.