As the sign says, anyone caught smuggling narcotics or illegal aliens into the United States risks losing the CDL as part of the penalties of Operation: Texas Hold’em. The 800th CDL was canceled in early November 2022, and has no “signs” of slowing down.
Over $18 million in crystal meth was found in paint buckets traveling through the port of entry at the World Trade Bridge
A massive rack full of crystal meth was put out on display after the United States Customs and Border Patrol – Laredo discovered the contraband inside a trailer full of paint on November 1. A CBP officer referred a 2010 International ProStar tractor-trailer for secondary inspection as it passed through the World Trade Bridge Inspection Station.
Following a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 2,033 pounds of alleged methamphetamine within the shipment. The narcotics had a combined street value of $18,694,838.
Operation: Texas Hold’em has pulled over 800 CDLs for trafficking
In Fiscal Year 2022, CBP canceled 42 CDLs for human smuggling and drug trafficking. Since the program’s inception in June 2008, 808 licenses have been sent into the shredder.
Officials said that of those 808 CDL cancellations, 605 were canceled due to human smuggling cases, and 203 were canceled due to narcotic smuggling cases. The Texas Hold’ Em initiative was launched in June 2008 “as a joint multi-agency enforcement effort between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the United States Border Patrol to improve border security by implementing consequences on commercial drivers convicted of human and/or narcotic smuggling.”
The program uses existing state laws to permanently revoke the CDL of any person who is convicted of felony smuggling transportation charges while operating a commercial motor vehicle.