Big Cocaine Bust Leads to No Man’s Land for Mexico and U.S. Coast Guardsman

“The quantity and gravity of the danger should probably shock everybody.” -Law enforcement official on record-breaking Calif. border bust A huge border crosser was discovered in a tiny California home by Mexican authorities, sparking…

“The quantity and gravity of the danger should probably shock everybody.” -Law enforcement official on record-breaking Calif. border bust

A huge border crosser was discovered in a tiny California home by Mexican authorities, sparking a massive drug bust and an unprecedented wildlife rescue on the border on Tuesday morning.

The man is a 46-year-old Mexican citizen who had previously been deported from the United States about 25 times, according to sources close to the investigation. Mexican authorities said his troubles began in the “90s” and that he allegedly began transporting drugs from the desert border city of Tecate to San Diego, traveling down mountain roads between the mountains.

Authorities stopped him this time near the Interstate 5 on a rural road and reported finding cocaine and methamphetamine.

But they didn’t believe he was the intended recipient of any drugs, according to one source close to the investigation. Once authorities removed him from the road, the men who were sitting in the home — including his relatives — told investigators that the man in the front was attempting to hide drugs on the stove or in a freezer.

One U.S. Border Patrol supervisor, a 41-year-old female agent, was injured by a rifle round when she attempted to enter the home. She received treatment and is expected to recover. A 20-year-old Mexican man was detained in connection with the incident.

Mexican authorities said on Twitter that they discovered over 2 pounds of cocaine and thousands of dollars in cash in the home.

Border Patrol officials said they assisted Mexican authorities in the operation. But it’s not clear if they were part of the search effort or if they had other information.

“It is very concerning to everyone in law enforcement and in the Department of Homeland Security,” a Customs and Border Protection official told The New York Times. “This is in my view the biggest arrest we’ve ever had, and the magnitude of the rescue over 2 pounds of cocaine is a staggering thing.”

Two Arizona Marines and several Border Patrol agents were among those injured on the job by bullet fire on Monday, following a suspected cartel gun battle along the border in southern Arizona.

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