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The most common method employed by these TCOs involves transporting illicit drugs through U.S. ports of entry (POEs) in passenger vehicles with concealed compartments or commingled with legitimate goods on tractor trailers. Additionally, Mexican TCOs transport illicit drugs, such as methamphetamine and cocaine, dissolved in liquid solutions, across the SWB. Once across the border, Mexican TCOs coordinate for illicit drug shipments to be divided into smaller shipments and sent to distribution points throughout the United States.
2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (Washington: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, September 30, 2017): 6 <https://www.dea.gov/docs/DIR-040-17_2017-NDTA.pdf>.